The French Revolution
Chapter 7 sec. 1 & 2
I can: Explain the causes of the French Revolution
I can: Draw connections between the enlightenment thinkers and their ideas and the French Revolution.
I can: Describe the government of France after the French Revolution.
The French Revolution Begins
Economic and social inequalities in the Old Regime help cause the French Revolution.
____________________ – social and political system in France during the 1770s.
____________________ – three social classes of France’s Old Regime
2% of the population
Owned 20% of the land
- 97% of the people are peasants, urban workers, middle class
- Have few privileges, pay ________________________, want change
- Forces of Change
Individual Rights, Democracy
Voltaire - _____________________________________
Rousseau – ____________________________________
High Taxes and rising costs damage the economy
King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette known for extravagance, gambling, and overspending.
Louis doubles Nation’s debt, banks refuse to lend more money.
A Weak Leader
Louis’s poor decision and lack of patience add to France’s problems
He calls Estates-General – meeting of representatives from all three estates.
The National Assembly