French Revolution

Many things contributed to the French Revolution.   To begin, the power in France began to shift from the monarchy to the legislative bodies.   Resentment for royal absolutism was growing among all areas of society.   The right to govern needed to come from the people, and not from the monarchy.   Discontent began to grow, and it was becoming more and more vocal.   At this time, many pamphlets addressing these issues were printed and distributed.   Again, it wasn’t only in one section of society, all sections were growing more upset with the monarchy.   The Aristocrats or the Nobility was fed up with the monarchy from their loss of rights.   For many years the Nobility worked hard at attaining positions that surrounded the monarchy, and now they wanted more political power.  
In turn, the Bourgeoisie began to despise the Aristocrats.   The peasants however, began to support the Bourgeoisie.   They were able to relate to the peasants grievances, and the Bourgeoisies was also the only class that the peasants associated with.   The peasants saw tax reform and equality as the only way to dismantle the feudal system.   A disorder of finances had occurred, and now an unmanageable debt was on France.   Aristocrats had been exempt from taxes, and King Louis XVI used loan schemes that only made public debt rise more each year.   France sending troops as aid to the American Revolutionary War increased the problem of debt. (1776-1783) France was already in debt, and this increased their debt even more.   The main reason France sent troops to help was in the name of revenge against the British after the Seven Year’s War.  
After the American Revolutionary War, the ideas of revolution from that war helped spread discontent as the troops returned home.   New schools of thought began to form, and this held the attention of the Bourgeoisie.   It promised free commerce and more liberal freedom.   There were also challenging the idea of absolutism.   They believed reason to be a higher power than...