France's Social Structure

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France's Social Structure

Post  Gloria H. on Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:06 am

The first estate, consisted of the clergy, which was the people of the church. The clergy’s population was about 130,000 out of 27 million people and owned 10%of the land.The second estate was the nobility who inherited their titles from family members and got their wealth from the land. The second estate population was about 350,000 and owned about 25%-30% of the land. Neither did the first or second estate estate have to pay taxes, but the third estate did. The third estate was formed by the common people and was by fat the largest group in France. The third estate consisted of: wealthy merchants, doctors and lawyers, the urban poor, and peasants were 80% of the 3rd estate. They had little rights and paid half of the their income in taxes. the inequalities in the 3 estates were; the 3rd estate was the only one who had to pay taxes, they owned almost no land, the population was uneven.

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Post  Romane D. on Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:51 pm

Like you mentioned, the third estate was the one that had to pay all the taxes and they had no privileges. I think it is really unfair because they didn't deserve to be treated this way. It is what led to the French Revolution because the people were so angry and hungry it started with the storming of the Bastille which was a symbol of the end of the monarchy. Good job Gloria What a Face
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Post  CicelyS on Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:11 am

I think that the king was very weak to not have stood up to the higher estates for the rights of the third. It is not proffesional to favor some subjects over others when it comes to being king. He should have done what was right, and if he had, the revolution may never have taken place and he and his family could have lived longer.
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The Clergy

Post  Joshua T on Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:21 pm

The clergymen and nobility composed 3% of France's population. They still had the most privileges.

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Post  Vasilisa on Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:20 am

The worst part is that most of the population, third estate, didn't have any power and no privileges.

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