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Causes of the French Revolution by Mind Map: Causes of the French Revolution
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Causes of the French Revolution

Weak leadership (Louis XVI)

Diffident and weak willed

Weak advisors

Wasted resources (Marie Antoinette)

System of privilege limited his call for action

Financial Crisis

revenue is less than expenditure

did not tax the nobility --> the Third Estate only had limited money to tax on

no modern banking system to underwrite loans

Hunger and Starvation

poor harvest

low productivity

famines and droughts

Large amount of money spent on food (88% of wages - 1788)

Discontent within the Estates

Structure based on custom & tradition (born into the different classes)

Taxation

First & second Estates: exempted from tax

Third estates: taxed on items such as salt, bread, use of oven etc.

Impact of Enlightenment Ideas

People demanded own rights

Idea of social contract (Rousseau)