Essay On 18th Century France

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France today is one of the most magnificent countries on earth. But it’s reputation was not an overnight success. France used to be a horrible county full of rich snobs disrespecting the poor. It all changed after the Revolution. The French revolution began because poor people were getting taxed heavily on salt, the royal family was taking their grain, and the enlightenment got many rioters together to fight for their rights. royal the royal family to lose its authority. Living as a peasant in eighteenth century france is already hard enough. You have to survive with very little food, money, and resources. The only way the poor made money was by working for small employers, Farming necessary crops that they need more for food than money, and by wiping the royalties ass. Turgot, one of Louis XVI’s chancellor, stated in his “Iron Law of Wages”,“A worker’s wage can not exceed the very lowest level necessary for his maintenance and reproduction”(Steel,20). Barely having enough resources to survive, workers were also forced to pay the king’s taxes that were placed on …show more content…
There was little to no food left in the city. The king realized that he needed to find a way of feeding his people. So he had to come up with a new plan. The king was now taking all the farmer’s food that they grew in order to feed their household. But they didn’t give it up easy, “farmers hoarded grain to sell on the black market at a higher price”(Steel,199). In Order to stop the hoarders, new laws are passed such as “the Terror”. This law provoked violence between the working class and the government, stated to take harsh measures against those suspected of being enemies of the Revolution. Allowing armies to order troops to any farmer that was suspected of hoarding grain, and forcing them to hand it over. If hoarders, priests, and nobles didn’t obey, it would result in mass decapitations to anyone who didn’t obligate the higher

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