The Proclamation of The National Assembly of 1789:
This assembly had existed from June 13, 1789 to July 9, 1789. It was a revolutionary assembly formed by the representatives of the Third Estate of the Estates-General. After hearing of the National Assembly’s formation, King Louis XVI held a general gathering in where the government attempted to cause the Third Estate to succumb to his rule. intimidate the The assembly, however, had grown too strong, and the king was forced to recognize the group. Revolutionary energy coursed through the city. Inspired by the National Assembly, common people in the nation had rioted in protest of rising prices in the cities.The King feared the potential violence though. Revolutions like these are very historic, and we can look at the causes as very influential.
Politics, Leadership &
King Louis XVI...
The leadership of The King was not best for the nation at the time. Wealth was possessed by those at the top of the social pyramid, and so the working class within the 3rd estate could barely survive on what the goverenment was giving them. The people were taxed at a very high rate, and so the people within the 3rd estate decided to fight back, starting a Revolution. They would not settle anymore. The wealth gap was so vast, and so this was a major economic issue at the time.
The Social Status & The Wealth Gap
Before the time of the Revolution, France was using an outdated caste system including the three distinct estates, or social classes. The social pyramid was made up of clergy, the first estate; nobles, the second estate; and the common people, the third estate.
The first estate was the smallest; however, the clergy owned nearly 10% of the
land. This was the first estate and its way of functioning.
The second estate was slightly larger than the first. Thought of as the richest class, due to the right to tax local peasants and merchants, but not pay any taxes to the king. This class owned almost half the land at the time. Many in the second estate began to lose loyalty towards the king in this time because of his repeated attempts towards taxation and his “unenlightened” way of conducting national affairs. Nobles disagreed with the kings ideas.
Making up nearly 98% of the population, the third estate was full of working people, mainly of farmers, but also merchants or even servants. They only owned around one half of the land, and with such a large percent of people, this had led to poverty. On an economic aspect, the taxes ruined the people of the third estate, causing much poverty due to the unequal balance of wealth.
The Military at the time, only focused on King Louis' instructions, and followed his orders. The Military was strong. In 1789, the idea of a citizen-soldier began to dominate the National Guard. Soldiers joined the various militias of their cities because they felt a need to preserve their rights as citizens. People must not have been happy with these decisions, and so wanted to show the government and the military whom they controlled, that they would not allow this as people of France. The Military also lowered unemployment in France as well.