The French Revolution

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The French Revolution was a time of turmoil in which an uprising for equality turned into a massacre. The poor became poorer, King Louis XVI lost power, and hundreds of thousands of people would end up losing their lives. Over the course of the revolution, there were two phases of the government that occurred that each had different causes. The economic and ideological cause of the liberal phase of the government was due to the disputes over inequality among the estates and dismantling of the old regime, while the cause of the radical phase of the government was based off of the belief that the revolution did not meet the original revolutionary beliefs. In the beginning of the French Revolution the economy revolved around the three estates; the first estate, the second estate, and the third estate. The first estate consisted of privileged church members and the clergy, making up one percent of the total population. Church members and clergy members were wealthy people that consistently caused corruption between the other estates. The churches owned ten percent of all wealth and were not required to pay taxes. Enlightenment thinkers, whom emphasized reason and individualism over tradition, believed the church taught nothing but nonsense. The second estate consists of nobles who were slightly less privileged than the church and clergy members. Consisting of two to five percent of the population, these members owned a third of all land. Noblemen faced different…
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