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Post  Romane D. on Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:33 am

Since Medieval times, France’s population was divided into three groups:
The first estate- the clergy
The second estate- the nobility
The third estate- the common people (included bourgeoisie, urban, workers, and peasants.)

The two first and second estates enjoyed many privileges because they didn’t have to pay taxes.
The main cause of the Revolution was because there was a financial crisis for various reasons:
There was an unfair text structure which placed the burden of taxation on the ones who could barely pay (the third estate)
A drained treasury which was the result of long wars with England and also because they helped the Americans during the Revolution.
And of course as i mentioned earlier the king and queen spent an incredible amount of money on useless thing, for example for Versailles it was a fortune to just maintain it.

What do you know about the French Revolution and what surprised you the most?
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Post  Gloria H. on Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:10 am

The first estate- consisted of the Roman Catholic Clergy
Second estate- consisted of the nobles about 2% of the population & owned 20% land
The third estate- they had little rights and paid half of the their income in taxes

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Post  ebznski on Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:53 pm

What suprises me the most about the French Revolution is that the king and queen had the power to do something about their starving citizens and yet they still didn't do it.
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Post  Vasilisa on Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:33 am

It surprised me that the 97% of people had almost no votes and were treated the worst while they did all the work and other 2 estates just lived for free.

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Post  Mira W. on Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:57 pm

What surprised me the most is what happened after people started fighting back. They killed King Louis XVI, and the Reign of Terror began. Those who fought against the new, radical system were killed. There were cities who didn't want to accept the new authorities, and they were burnt down. When shooting people wasn't fast enough, they were put onto boats and drowned! And that is just giving a taste of the incredibly inhumane and cruel things done to people due to the rage workers felt from being oppressed for so long. It was ... horrifying.


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Post  Gloria H. on Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:53 pm

it so unfair how the king and queen saw dying, starving people of their country and still they did not do anything about it.

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Post  Joshua T on Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:45 pm

Many events added up and they forced the third estate to revolt and start a revolution. For example, the king escaping probably triggered the revolution the most. Many people say, no matter what the revolution would have still occurred in history.

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