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The French Revolution Essay written by AR During the late 1700s France followed in Americas footsteps towards their own revolution A major shift in power would be seen within the short time period of 1789-1799 and with it a large advancement away from the absolutist government of France During the late 1700s France was the most powerful estate in the world The effects of the countrys revolution would soon spread from France to the rest of Europe and finally result in a continental war The French Revolution was based mostly on the Third Estates desire to obtain liberty and equality Frances social system was set up in such a way that it was only a matter of time before a revolution took place The economic classes of France were set in three estates The first estate was the church or clergy the second estate was the nobles and the third estate consisted of peasants and the uneducated Frances economic system allowed for the highest taxation of the third estate while the clergy members were exempt from taxes and the nobles paid little or no taxes at all People who are starving and can barely afford to survive can only pay so much before they refuse to pay anymore It is not suprising that the third estate was driven to immediate action with Louis XVIs demand for higher taxes Ideas of liberty and equality sprang up with the onset of the American Revolution and paved a way for the third estate to change Frances system of government Philosophes such as Voltaire spread ideas of reform that excited the peasants to believe there was a chance for a better life Along with the social causes of the revolution economic and political events brought about the desire for change as well Economic conditions such as poor harvests made the price of food rise to such high prices that half a workers wages were spent on
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