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Revolutions are generally the result of political problems economical problems social reasons or a combination of all these factors The French Revolution of 1789-1799 was one of the most important events in the history of the world It questioned the authority of kings priests and nobles The primary cause of the revolution was the dispute over the peoples differing ideas of reform It was essentially a revolution of all classes of society against the old system of government France a feudal country in the eighteenth century was ruled under the ancien regime The king was the absolute monarch He had centralized power in the royal bureaucracy At this time in French history the social classes played a very important role in the lives of the people The social structure of France was divided into three groups The First Estate The Second Estate and The Third Estate The First Estate was the clergy the church During the ancien regime the church was equal in terms of its social economic and spiritual power This class owned nearly ten percent of the land in France It paid no taxes but to support church activities such as school running and caring for the poor it collected a tithe or a tax on income About one third of the entire clergy in France served as parish priests This estate was a minor one making up 1 to 2 percent of the entire population The Second Estate was the most powerful one made up of nobles They enjoyed extensive rights and privileges Although they were only about 15 percent of the population the nobles owned about one third of the land in France Thus economically the nobility was characterized by great land wealth Like the First Estate they hardly paid any taxes Typical sources of income for them were rents and dues for the use of their farms and estates The First and Second Estates were grouped together because they had
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