EducationLeading up the the French Revolution
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Ideas from Enlightenment (reform NOT revolution)
Tensions emerge between the Estates (privileged system) Bourgeoisie angered as they felt that they could help govern if there was a parliament
Parlements propose idea of representation (Louis XV closes them)
Involvement in four international wars (great war debts)
Compte Rendu (Necker 1781) - Hides facts about state finances

Taxation system in crisis - further taxation is an idea
Public incorrectly believed that Marie Antoinette's lavish lifestyle was the cause of the debt
Idea of public liberty from the American War of Independence is introduced
Public is concerned about the national debt
King is informed of the disastrous debt (Calonne 1786)

Indirect taxes at a maximum. Direct taxes fall on the Third Estate
Tax collection very unfair
Calonne proposes tax reform with uniform, proportional, direct tax.
Assembly of Notables decide that an Estates General is the only solution
Brienne replaces Necker - he has his own proposals

Cahiers drawn up - expectations
Society of Thirty forms and supports a constitution.
Harsh winter - crop failure
Pamphlet war breaks out and ideas are circulating
Parlements of Paris reject tax bills -> Louis tries to exert absolute power -> public riots

Issue of voting at E.G. arises
Controversy at E.G.
National Assembly forms (17 June 1789)
Tennis Court Oath (20 June 1789)
King moves troops to Paris -> invokes fear in public

Revolt in the countryside (Great Fear)
Capture of the Bastille - first journeč (14 July 1789)