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The Middle Class in the French RevolutionContent An essay explaining the advances the middle class made during the French Revolution Description Write a 2 page paper on The advancements the Middle Class mad during the FrenchRevolutionThroughout history revolutions have been a quest for new government and new freedoms Crane Brinton explains the French revolution as being a model revolution Usually in most revolutions throughout history it has been a time a change and a fight for change usually by a lower class or middle class of people The middle class gained freedoms and rights that they had not gained before in earlier periods of history Crane Brintons theory is divided into four different stages the preliminary first stage crisis stage and the recovery stage In the preliminary stage Brinton states that a revolution should have class antagonism government and an inept ruler The French Revolution fits all three It fits in class antagonism because the three estates the clergy nobility and the middle class were upset with each other The middle class was jealous of the nobility or the second state They were jealous because the nobility had land and were wealthy but did not work as hard as the middle class Also the third estate was the only estate to pay taxes They have to pay taxes to the king and the first estate or the church The second estate was bitterly jealous and scornful of the first class Inept ruler was another part of a preliminary stage that the French Revolution fits It fits because the king Louis XIV always changed his mind at the wrong time in many important decisions His wife brother and the whole court had a big influence in the direction he went in with his decisions He also failed to understand the character and the motivation of the people he was dealing with Government inefficiency was a part of the French Revolution
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