Causes Of The French Revolution

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French Revolution DBQ The French Revolution started in 1789 and ended in 1799. It all began with the extravagant spendings of King Louis and Marie Antoinette, the bankruptcy, the poor harvest, the rises in bread and taxes, and lastly, American Revolution. All of these were factors in the suffering of the 3rd Estate. Imagine being part of the 90% people who were either peasants or the homeless that were starving and were treated unequally. The people of France rebelled because they were suffering from the monarchy. One factor that caused the people of France to join the French Revolution was that their rulers, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, lead them to bankruptcy and made them pay more taxes. In the document it states, “He lived …show more content…
John Emerich and Edward Dalberg states in a document, “The ideas of the philosophies were not directly responsible for the outbreak… the spark that changed thought into action was supplied but the Declaration of American Independence...The American example caused the Revolution to break out…” (Acton, Emerich, Dalberg). Having France help America fight for independance caused the people to rebel because it gave them hope and ideas that they can also fight for rights and a better country. The country was in debt, the people were starving, and many were not satisfied with the rulers, so America ultimately caused the rebellion of France. Many people wanted more power, money, and rights and the Declaration of Independence gave France a push to overthrow the king. Another document written by Arthur Young states, “...but bankruptcy occasion in a civil war, and a total overthrow of the government?” (Young). The American Revolution also negatively impacted France because it caused them to go into even further debt, but it also gave them a reason to fight. Since France went into debt because of the war, it also raised taxes and caused the price of bread to rise. This made the people angry at the king because he decided to help another country even though his own was in …show more content…
The spendings of France were high compared to the income, which were mostly gathered by the large amounts of taxes only the 3rd estate had to pay. This means that France is spending more than they are making, so this eventually lead them to even more debt. There was also the American Revolution where Americans were fighting for Independance. The French were inspired and educated by the rebellion, so it gave them the motive and idea to also rebel. France rebelled because they despised living in a

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