During the late eighteenth century, France’s economy was suffering from a depression because of the Seven Years War (1756-1783), the War of Austrian Succession (1740-1748) (Frey 57), and the American War (1777-1783) (Heath 68). In an attempt to slow depression, the taxes of the Third Estate were raised, which significantly emphasized how much of a disadvantage the Third Estate was at in France, and how greatly it was affected by changes in the economy (Clough 34), especially since the members of the Third Estate were the ones who had to pay an immense portion of the taxes in French society. Because of these facts, they now lead me to ask: if the social misery of the Third Estate and the economic depression that lasted from 1787 to 1789 did not exist, how else would the French Revolution have taken place?
Through extensive research, I have discovered that it was precisely thes...
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