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Causes of the French Revolution
The French Revolution was a long lasting, ten-year period beginning in 1789 and eventually ending in 1799. It marked one of the most important events in history, leading to many transformations throughout France. At the time, France was the most powerful state in Europe but it still took part in the Revolution. During this era, France had been socially unstable. Although dividing the classes into three estates seemed as if it were a great idea, these estates were treated unequally. While the other estates enjoyed their privileges, the Third estate did not own any equal rights. To add to this inequality, the third estate was given numerous economical issues. Citizens of the third estate had to pay all the taxes imposed by the king as the other estates were exempted from it. These economical issues were also greatly influenced by the rise in the staple diet of the people, bread. This inflation of prices within their foremost food contributed to the cause of the Revolution. Due to the discrimination of the three estates, France was politically unstable. Nobles significantly appreciated their privileges; being exempt from paying taxes, having absolute power, having political freedom, and voting out the people of the third estate. The common people had to input great labor and pay heavy taxes while their voices went unheard politically. The Revolution was a time of transformation and inequality. France’s social, economic, and political disparity led to the innovation and transformation of the French Revolution.

To begin, France was socially unsteady. The third estate differed far off from the first and second estates. The first two estates consisted of clergy and noblemen, while the third estate consisted of merchants, businessmen, lawyers, and peasants. This was an unfair and unequal society that contributed to the French Revolution. The third estate is known to have a higher population but fewer privileges. Unlike the third...
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