The French Revolution And The Revolution

1180 WordsOct 16, 20145 Pages
Looking at the historical timeline, one can see that the French Revolution derived after the Enlightenment, which brought different ways of thinking, and different outlooks on government and society (553),(555),(558). The Enlightenment also changed the world of public debate, and established some ideas central to the French Revolution. The French Revolution of 1789 occurred due to government debt, class conflict, bankruptcy, the Enlightenment, and the rule of absolutism. These social, economic, and political conditions in France would ignite the start of the French Revolution (562). The Third Estate felt the need to eliminate the problems that was altering their growth in society in order to achieve political, economic, and social equality (564-566). The government at the time had serious financial problem that resulted in great taxations. The French spent too much money on wars, and too much money to keep up with their lavish lifestyles. Moreover, the economic depression at the time led to a recession in the areas of agriculture, trade, and manufacturing. As a result to of all these problems, the King became unable to re-establish control (564-565), (567), (569), (572). To begin with, the Enlightenment played a key role in the French Revolution by challenging the French Monarchy, and the wealthiest class. The first phase of the revolution one can say derived from the dominant ideas of Montesquieu who believed that a liberal constitutional monarchy was the best form of
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