05_06 The Enlightenment and Revolutions - It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times_Christ - One of the big causes of the French Revolution

05_06 The Enlightenment and Revolutions - It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times_Christ

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One of the big causes of the French Revolution was actually the Enlightenment. This may seem surprising since the Enlightenment brought around so many good things, but the French people found most of the ideas from the Enlightenment thinkers amazing and took them to heart. This brought around the French Revolution since the French people wanted to overthrow their government to try these new ideals for a new French Government. Another cause for the French Revolution is that the nobles and rulers were very rich and wealthy whereas the lower class people were so poor they were eating cooked rats. An example is when Marie Antoinette said “Let them eat brioche! (Or cake)”. They say Marie was so out of touch with how the French were doing that when the news was told to her that the people had run out of bread, her response was to let them eat cake or brioche since from her perspective there was plenty of brioche and cake.

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