The Economic Difficulties Of France In 1789, Were

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In 1785 France faced various political and economic difficult conditions leading it to the revolution which lasted from 1789 to 1799. These got great changes in the society and government of France. The revolution began with a government financial crisis but quickly became a movement of reform and violent change mostly concerning the equality of taxation. Legal divisions among social groups created much discontent. According to law, French society consisted of three groups called estates which opened on May 5, 1789, at Versailles, near Paris. Most members of the first two estates wanted each of the three estates to take up matters and vote on them separately by estate. The third estate had as many representatives as the other two estates combined. It insisted that all the estates be merged into one national assembly and that each representative have one vote. The third estate also wanted the Estates-General to write a constitution. The king and the first two estates refused the demands of the third estate. In June 1789, the representatives of the third estate declared themselves the National Assembly of France. They gathered at a tennis court and pledged not to disband until they had written a constitution. This vow became known as the Oath of the Tennis Court. Louis XVI then allowed the three estates to join together as the National Assembly. But he began to gather troops to break up the Assembly. July 14 1789, a huge crowd of Parisians rushed to the Bastille believing they would find arms which they could use in defending themselves against the king's army. On August 4 1789, the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. These abolished some feudal dues that the peasants owed their landlords, the tax advantages of the clergy and nobles, and regional privileges. The declaration guaranteed the same basic rights to all citizens,

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