Causes of the French revolution

The long term and short term political, ideological, economic and social (PIES) causes of the French Revolution

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  • Causes of the French Revolution
    • Short Term
      • Economic
        • Reguilding of the palace of Versailles
        • Treasury couldn't afford to subsidise rising foor costs
        • Large defecit and debt repayments
      • Social
        • Growing disparity with the class system
        • Poor harvests of 1788 due to hail
          • Rising food prices leads to break down in law and order
            • Treasury couldn't afford to subsidise rising foor costs
          • Food shortages
      • Political
        • Sale of political postions (venality)
        • Louis XVI appeared weak
          • Influenced by Brother and Wife
          • Frequent changes in financial minister
      • Idealogical
        • Abbe Sieyes-What is the third estate? Januarary 1789
    • Long Term
      • Ideological
        • The Enlightenment
          • people lost faith in the king
            • Distrust of the kings
              • Sleaze of Loius XV
          • Against religion and divine right of kings
          • Philosophers and writters
            • Voltaire
            • Rosseau
            • Montesquieu
            • Diderot
      • Political
        • Distrust of the kings
          • Sleaze of Loius XV
      • Social
        • Deep class divides
        • Privilages for first and second estates
      • Economic
        • France's debt from wars
          • American war of independence
          • 7 years war

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