The French Revolution Chapter 7 sec. 1 & 2 Learning targets: 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



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The French Revolution

Chapter 7 sec. 1 & 2
Learning targets:

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

  • ____________________________

Catholic Clergy

  • ____________________________

Rich Nobles

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
Enlightenment Ideas


  • Individual Rights, Democracy

  • Voltaire - _____________________________________

  • Rousseau – ____________________________________


Economic Troubles

  • 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.

  • Forces of Change


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.

  • Dawn of the Revolution


The National Assembly
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