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To define it in short, was a civil revolution that broke out in France in 1789.
Essentially France was growing tired of the king centralizing his power...(taking it away from the nobles and giving it to himself) and being in a confortable financial position that did not require the co-governing of the french state the Estates General. Because of this, only the King himself had any ruling power over France. The Nobles, were tired of having no power and being shat on by the king, and wanted to regain power lost over the years. Educated people were tired of being classified in the "rest of France" group, the Third Estate. At this point, the peasantsa didn't really want to get involved and make their situation worse than it already was.
After Luis XVI managed to spend all of France's future revinue by starting yet another war on Britain, getting people to loan money for the war, the king finally had to turn to the Estates General for support. The Estates General decided to hear everyone in France's complaints, yet since their were 3 estates, and 95% of the population were in the third estate, the voting system existed in such a way that the first and second Estates (Clergy and Nobles) could easily outvote the Third. Consequently the angered Third Estate grew by people from the others joining the force, and took a vow not to cease their demands even after the King threatoned to dismiss the Estates General with lethal force.

Finally the third estate renamed themselves to the National Assembly, and voted all the Nobles provileges to be cancelled and called upon a set of governing laws inspired by the Declaration of Independence. (France loved America at the time for beating the British) It was called the Declaration of Rites of Man and of the Citizen and long story short only benefitted the rich people.

people were mad and radicals continued the revolution and there was much blood and killing.

The End.
by Cameron12345 March 19, 2008
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