may 5, 1789 - Causes of the French Revolution
1. debt and taxes- The French government was in a major financial crisis. With such great debt, the king had no other option than to try and raise taxes. 2. Famine and Bread Prices- France was experiencing famine at the time. The common people mostly ate bread to survive. However, the cost of bread was expensive and people were hungry and starving. 3. Changes in Culture - For hundreds of years the people of France had blindly followed the king and accepted their place in life. The culture began to change. The Era of Enlightenment presented new ideas such as liberty and equality. 4. Politics- Before the Storming of the Bastille, King Louis XVI had been losing power within the French government. He was a weak king and didn't realized how bad the situation was for the commoners in France.
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