Long-standing resentments against the monarchy


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Long-standing resentments against the monarchy

  • Long-standing resentments against the monarchy

  • Inequalities in society

    • Existing social and political structure
    • Called the Old Order, or ancient régime
  • Group Assignment





First & second estate many privileges

  • First & second estate many privileges

    • No taxes but richest
    • Lived in luxury
    • Hold positions of importance
    • No military service
  • Was this fair?



What does this political cartoon say about the economic and political conditions in France?

  • What does this political cartoon say about the economic and political conditions in France?

  • Why would the 1st and 2nd Estate be opposed to change or enlightenment ideas?











Debt = $700 million

  • Debt = $700 million

  • Bad Harvest



Louis XIV’s Wars and Palace

  • Louis XIV’s Wars and Palace

  • Slide 10

  • Louis XVI Versailles

  • Louis XVI





Law making body of France

  • Law making body of France

  • Had not met since 1614

  • Louis hope to approve new tax plan

  • ? Of procedures



Created by members of 3rd estate

  • Created by members of 3rd estate

  • Goal = new constitution for France



June 20th 1789 at royal tennis court

  • June 20th 1789 at royal tennis court

  • Oath = would not stop until King met their demands

  • Result = King gave in and 1st and 2nd estate became part of National Assembly



Old prison-fortress in Paris

  • Old prison-fortress in Paris

  • Initial reason was to get ammunition

    • The seven inmates, none of them political prisoners, were freed.
    • The governor, Launay, and was dragged through Paris to the City Hall and killed
  • The Bastille only had 110 men to fight and there were 300 people in the mob

  • July 14 is French Independence Day

  • The attack is considered the beginning of the French Revolution

  • Adopt tricolor flag – vertical red, white, blue

  • “Great Fear”

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Old prison-fortress in Paris

  • Old prison-fortress in Paris

  • Symbol

  • July 14 1789 search for weapons to defend against Kings troops

    • French Independence Day
  • Adopt tricolor flag – vertical red, white, blue

  • “Great Fear”

  • French_Revolution__The__Part_I__April__1789___September__1791__




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