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The years before the French Revolution (which started in 1789 AD.) were

ones of vast, unexpected change and confusion. One of the changes was the

decline of the power of the nobles, which had a severe impact on the loyalty of

some of the nobles to King Louis XVI. Another change was the increasing power

of the newly established middle class, which would result in the monarchy

becoming obsolete. The angry and easily manipulated peasants, who were used by

the bourgeoisie for their own benefit were another significant change, and

finally the decline of the traditional monarchy, that for so long had ruled,

were all factors to the main point that the French Revolution was caused by a

political base, with social disorder and economic instability contributing to

the upheaval. All of the sub-factors relate with one-another, but are separate

in their own ways.

For centuries, the French noble was well set in society. He found

prosperity and security in the old regime, and all he had to do was pay homage

to the king, and provide the king with his services. This all came to a gradual

stop, however beginning with the loss of the noble's power over their own land

at the hands of Louis XIV.1 This was the foundation of the revolte nobiliaire

in the fact that it formed a basis of mistrust, and anger for the monarch.2 In

that time the feudal system was still being practiced, so social status was

based on the amount of land you could attain. With no land, the nobles saw

themselves to be as common as the common folk. Even in their arrogance they saw

that they were losing power. The next blow to the pride of the nobles came from




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