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Lecture 2

HIS 102 Lecture 2: The French Revolution

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Illinois State University
HIS 102
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French Revolution Through Napoleon Louis XVI Background 1789: Starting date of the revolution 1791: The constitution is completed Enlightenment trends are very important. Rumors played an interesting role in the revolution. Beginning of the Revolution - Gov’t power was in question. Who should be able to have it? How much should they have? - Bottom up vs Top down Revolution The King agrees to form a national assembly - national government. Note the similarity between the English Civil War and Russian Revolution. - Taxes had to be raised to pay for the war [ the 7 years war ] - The tax system at the time was unfair. - The burden of the taxes was placed on the third estate. Social tension was also prevalent at this time. - The very poor nobles were mad because people in the estates can buy nobility because they couldn’t. Gets rid of social nobility. There is also a lot going on in the Cat
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