Why might Paris be centre of revolution in may 1789

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  • Why might Paris be the centre of a revolution in MAY 1789.
    • Fall of the Bastille
      • Symbol of French authority.
    • Why might crowds influence a revolution.
      • Force
      • Physical view/ intimidation.  -   Grenfell tower/ Trump march.
        • Force
    • Social
      • 1789- Saw an influx of migrants to Paris in search of work.
      • There was a high literacy rate among Parisians (50% among men and 25% among women.
      • Pamphlets and newspapers proliferated and were widely available in cafes.
      • Rumour spread easily; rioting was a fairly common occurrence.
    • Political
      • Complication f the cahiers in the early months of 1789 aroused political  passion.
      • The Palais-Royal offered an opportunity to hear the latest revolutionary thinking.
    • Economic
      • There was a thriving printing industry
        • Allowed enlightenment ideas to spread.
          • Political
            • Complication f the cahiers in the early months of 1789 aroused political  passion.
            • The Palais-Royal offered an opportunity to hear the latest revolutionary thinking.
          • Rumour spread easily; rioting was a fairly common occurrence.
          • Many skilled artisans lived in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine around the royal Bastille prison.
        • Paris was large. 600,000 lived in close proximity; the wealthy had moved out; 39% had no property on marriage.
        • All food supplies were subject to entry taxes at custom posts around the city.
        • Bad harvest of 1788 pushed-up bread prices to 88% of a daily wage.
          • Social
            • 1789- Saw an influx of migrants to Paris in search of work.
            • There was a high literacy rate among Parisians (50% among men and 25% among women.
            • Pamphlets and newspapers proliferated and were widely available in cafes.
          • There were fear of wage reductions and growing unemployment. (e.g riots at Reveillon's works in April.

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