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The French Revolution was a significant milestone in European history remembered by many in historical and literary works The situation in France mostly under the leadership of Louis XVI had a negative influence in France thus creating a perfect climate for the French Revolution France was plagued by both debt and poor decision making prior to 1789 France was poverty-stricken and burdened with some of the highest debts On the financial side Louis XVI was aided by Finance Minister Anne Robert Jauques Turgot and Interior Minister Chretien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes The economic origins of the French revolution pg 4 Louis introduced some of the most oppressive taxes and instituted financial reforms Greater reforms were prevented by the opposition of the upper classes and court This opposition was so strong that Turgot was forced to resign and was replaced by Jauques Necker Lengthy wars the support to the American Revolution and the gross amount of taxes paid and the lavish spending of the court contributed to the huge national debt The governments financial problems were made worse after 1740 by the renewal of costly wars the French revolution pg 9 The war of the Austrian Succession 1740-1748 and the Seven Years War 1756-1763 were European wars over the domination of central Europe and colonial and commercial wars between France and Great Britain Aspects of the French Revolution pg At their end in 1763 France had lost almost all of its colonial empire in America and India In 1778 the French launched an attack against Britain in the American Revolution They were hoping to weaken old rivalries and regain lost colonies The hopes of the French were not realized and their participation in the war increased an already heavy national debt After Louis XVI granted financial aid 1778-81 to the American colonies revolting against Great Britain Necker proposed drastic taxes on the nobility Necker was forced to resign in 1781 Louis XVI
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