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Louis XVI. Towards Revolution. Louis XVI: Ancien Regime (old Order) Absolute Ruler. Massive Debt: French Wars American Revolution Versailles expenditures. 291 million livres of the 591 million livres of national debt was payment on interest alone.

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Louis XVI

Towards Revolution


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  • Louis XVI:

  • Ancien Regime (old Order)

  • Absolute Ruler


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  • Massive Debt:

  • French Wars

  • American Revolution

  • Versailles expenditures


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291 million livres of the 591 million livres of national debt was payment on interest alone

Loans to France were actually refused by European banks


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Noble Lifestyle choices made the disparity between rich and poor much more visually acute


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  • Other French Problems:

  • 360 different codes of law

  • Conflicting weights and measures

  • Lords could charge tolls for crossing paths and bridges…


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  • Lords could also could still demand road repairs and harvesting from peasants and

  • Collect fees on the use of mills, winepresses, bakeries and slaughterhouses


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Nobles still had very exclusive hunting and fishing rights which ordinary folks did not.

For example, farmers could not shoot rabbits that destroyed their crops.


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Lords still gave consent for the selling, leasing of land. Land passed on to a son required permission and fees as well.


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Bad harvests contributed to rising food prices and widespread urban unemployment. It was estimated that one-third of the population was living in poverty.


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The Austrian Marie Antoinette, queen of France, was very unpopular due to her life of luxury during hard times for ordinary people.


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Her perceived insensitivity to the suffering of the poor was exacerbated by her alleged remark, “Let them eat cake,” in reference to the hungry masses outside the palace of Versailles.


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The elaborate hairstyles and expensive dresses did not help matters. However, most noblewomen owned fancy costumes, expensive perfumes and wigs.


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The royal family became a prime target of hatred at the start of the French Revolution


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Ouch.


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