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The French Revolution Essay -- essays research papers
The French mutationThe years before the French Revolution (which started in 1789 AD.) wereones of vast, unexpected tilt and confusion. One of the changes was thedecline of the former of the awfuls, which had a severe impact on the loyalty ofsome of the nobles to King Louis sixteen. Another change was the increasing powerof the newly established middle class, which would result in the monarchybecoming obsolete. The irate and easily manipulated peasants, who were used bythe bourgeoisie for their own benefit were other significant change, andfin bothy the decline of the traditional monarchy, that for so long had ruled,were in all factors to the main point that the French Revolution was caused by a policy-making base, with social disorder and economic instability contributing tothe upheaval. All of the sub-factors touch on with one-another, but are separatein their own ways.For centuries, the French noble was well set in society. He foundprosperity and security measure in the old regime, and all he had to do was pay allegianceto the king, and provide the king with his services. This all came to a gradualstop, however send-off with the loss of the nobles power over their own landat the manpower of Louis XIV.1 This was the foundation of the revolte nobiliairein the fact that it formed a basis of mistrust, and provoke for the monarch.2 Inthat time the feudal system was still being practiced, so social status wasbased on the amount of land you could attain. With no land, the nobles sawthemselves to be as common as the common folk. blush in their arrogance they sawthat they were losing power. The next blow to the pride of the nobles came fromLouis XV, who passed a bill to let wealthy commoners purchase prominent spots inpolitical and social positions. This make upt shows how corrupt and money hungrythe administration had become, by letting anyone get high up in the political chain notwithstanding by feeding the gluttonous king. The next king, Louis XVI saw that themajority of France (75%) was peasants and serfs. Consequently, to try to ensuretheir happiness (and prevent the Revolution), he had the Estates-Generalabolish the feudal system, in which they held no ranking.4 This made thenobility highly unhappy. With no feudal system, they no longer were muchhigher up politicly than the commoners. The next noble atrocity came with LouisXVI making the nobles pay taxes. constantly since... ...hat the monarch was untouchable. Seeing ashow Louis was to get his head chopped off, that colony may not have been agood idea. To make things even more equal and just, the commoners had one of thethree votes his Estates-General. This meant fair representation, but it similarlymeant that the nobles were upset with their decline of power and the commonerswanted more of their new-found power. All of these ideas come out to be good ones,but ones that would, and did harm his position. One evidently questioning move was toheavily tax everyone. The peasants were al immediate heavily taxed, so they were indeedbrought to famine, the nobles were never taxed before and consequentlydisgruntled and the middle class just did not like it. If Louis XVI were alivetoday he would likely be a good politician-too bad the people were not readyfor him in 1789.Historians have argued for centuries over what started the FrenchRevolution some cite economics, some say politics some say the change of socialstructure. The only logical answer, then is that it was a little (or a lot) ofall three, resulting in the decline of nobility, the rise of the middle class,the anger of the peasants and the fall of monarchy.