The French Revolution 1789-1799. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. France in the 1700s. France was ruled by what is called, an authoritarian government. This means that political authority is concentrated in a small group of people. The First Estate.
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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
With the exception of a few liberals, the nobility wanted greater political influence for themselves but nothing for the Third Estate.
What does this contemporary political cartoon say about conditions in France under the Old Regime?
“Let us swear to God and our country that we will not disperse until we have established a sound and just constitution, as instructed by those who nominated us.”-M. Mounier
The Bastille as a medieval fortress