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Analysis of the French Revolution: The Social Rigidity of the Ancien Regime Directly Led to the French Revolution

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The French Revolution is an iconic moment of the history of Western Civilization. The social rigidity of the Ancien Regime directly caused the revolution because of the hostility between social classes. This paper offers perspectives from various social classes and demonstrates the similarities and differences between them. Research shows that the Enlightenment ignited the tension as many craved for equality; the American Revolution amplified this phenomenon. Poor leadership, lack of respect for the bourgeoisie, and the financial crisis in France intensified the hatred of the Ancien Regime. The views of the wealthy upper class and the Third Estate are also explored to analyze the tensions and influence of the Ancien Regime.

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Analysis of the French Revolution: The Social Rigidity of the Ancien Regime Directly Led to the French Revolution

The French Revolution is an iconic moment of the history of Western Civilization. The social rigidity of the Ancien Regime directly caused the revolution because of the hostility between social classes. This paper offers perspectives from various social classes and demonstrates the similarities and differences between them. Research shows that the Enlightenment ignited the tension as many craved for equality; the American Revolution amplified this phenomenon. Poor leadership, lack of respect for the bourgeoisie, and the financial crisis in France intensified the hatred of the Ancien Regime. The views of the wealthy upper class and the Third Estate are also explored to analyze the tensions and influence of the Ancien Regime.