Causes of the French Revolution

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Causes of the French Revolution The French Revolution of 1789 had many long-term and short term causes. Political, social, and economic conditions in France contributed to the discontent felt by many French people-especially those of the third estate. The ideas of the people brought new views to government and society. One of these causes was the growing government debt. By 1787, the French government was bankrupt. It was 4000 million Livres in debt. France had spent a lot of money fighting costly wars, but had nothing to show for it. Many accused the royals, especially the Queen, for spending too much on luxuries. Some said that the tax system was corrupt, and some tax collectors did not hand in all their tax to the government. In 1787, the king asked the nobility to help him reform the tax system. Members of the first and second estate did not have to pay tax, and the king was now asking them to. I wasn’t surprising when they refused. This lead to the French revolution, because the king needed more money, and had to call a meeting of the estates general, and increase the tax burden on the third estate, which all link back to government debt. Another cause was the bad harvest. Due to bad weather there was very bad harvest, and as the poor peasants relied on farming it wasn’t good. Bread was also a big part of their diet, but because of the bad harvest, bread prices rose and it was not affordable to the peasants. This caused the French revolution, because the poor people were starving, and the rose up to the king to get what they wanted. This would link to increasing poverty, because the little food the peasants had meant that they had to live in poverty. It would also link to the estates general, because that is the day they raised their point to the king. Another cause is the meeting of the Estates General. This was when the king needed to raise money, he
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