Do Now. Please get out your Revolution Comparison Chart and something to write with. The French Revolution (1789). What was the government before the revolution? The government in France had long been an absolute monarchy. King Louis XVI ruled France with his young queen, Marie Antoinette.
What was the government before the
What was the problem?
3. Unequal taxation of three estates (1st and 2nd paid NO taxes, 3rd estate paid ALL taxes)
4. France was DEEP in debt:
5. French people were starving because of bad harvests throughout the country
1 – Bourgeoisie: wealthy merchants and skilled
2 –Workers: poorly-paid servants, cooks
and personal attendants (8%)
3 – Peasants (85%)
Roman Catholic clergy. 1% of the population. Paid no taxes.
Nobility. 2% of the population. Paid no taxes
EVERYONE ELSE! 97% of the population. Paid all the taxes.
So what happened?
Other dramatic events?
What new governments were formed?
Influence on individual liberty and self