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The essential cause of the French revolution was the collision between a powerful, rising bourgeoisie

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Michelle Bienstock APEH Block. 2 French Revolution "The essential cause of the French revolution was the collision between a powerful, rising bourgeoisie and an entrenched aristocracy defending its privileges". This statement is very accurate, to some extent. Although the collision between the two groups was probably the main cause of the revolution, there were two other things that also contributed to the insanity during the French revolution - the debt that France was in as well as the famine. Therefore, it was the juxtaposing of the bourgeoisie and the aristocracy as well as the debt and famine France was in that influenced the French Revolution. ...read more.


Instead, one wonders if the nobility's fear of losing its privileges, rather than the assertiveness of the middle classes, might have been the most important factor in the events that followed. As the revolution proceeded and as power devolved from the monarchy to legislative bodies, the conflicting interests of these initially allied groups would become the source of conflict and bloodshed. These problems were all compounded by a great scarcity of food in the 1780s. Different crop failures in the 1780s caused these shortages, which of course led to high prices for bread. ...read more.


Many universities were exempt from taxation as were the thirteen Parlements cities like Paris, the Church and the clergy, the aristocracy and numerous members of the bourgeoisie. The government continued to become poorer and poorer and it seemed the only successful taxation was done towards the peasants, whom had the least money. The monarchy eventually fell and caused great unrest leading to the French Revolution. It was stated that the French Revolution was merely caused by the collision of the bourgeoisie and the aristocracy, completely neglecting the fact that many other things were taken into account during this time. It wasn't just the famine, the financial problems or the collision of the two groups that caused the French Revolution, it was all three. ...read more.

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