HIST 2P92 Lecture : Causes of the French Revolution

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People argue that the french revolution was caused because: An indignant nation: they didn t want a monarchy anymore they wanted a republic. Heretical forces undermined society: didn t agree with the legitimacy of the church and the king. Rising middle class that didn t like absolutism and attempted to seized power: marxist idea that is widely argued and taught. Government did not protect itself in the way it was before: the change of management that couldn t maintain its defence of its traditional manner. Centralization tocqueville abstract, literary politics . Institutional financial problems: social, police, personal. Bourbon kings of france in the eighteenth century. Philosophes: provided several enlighten ideas, utilitarian believed they needed to study and find ways to improve the lives of society. start to then advocate research and understanding interested in change and new develop. begins to criticize the roman catholic church, the status quo: people began to see them as people that attacked traditions.

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