The Revolution, The French Crown Essay

1040 Words Apr 27th, 2016 5 Pages
Before there was the revolution, the French Crown did its best to concentrate the power to its hands rather than having it divided to the local nobilities, as it was done in the Feudal times. As Tocqueville explains in his book, the most vivid description is the centralization of power that leads to the crown: the crown employed in a nutshell bureaucrats, who were usually from the outside of the nobility class (Tocqueville, Book II Chapter 2), to do the works of the nobility during the Feudal eras. Slowly, by employing those bureaucrats, the individual nobilities grew detached from the government, and the ancient societal responsibilities they held. Disinterest of the nobility from the “community making” synergized with the social burdens on the mass, which derived from the privileges of the nobility and the church, to create a fiscal, and practical opposition with each other. On top of such class structure, the new class of the bourgeoisies, the professionals, and the bureaucrats (‘the new class’) entered the class structure of already divided France. (Of course, the new class would be adhered to the mass, since they do not have a position in the noble bloodlines.) Though the centralization led to a sharp division amongst the classes that led to the Revolution, the centralization and the centralized government structure were, according to Tocqueville, the only structure that is left of the old regime; while the past was shameful, and worthy of cutting back, it shows how…

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