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 surprisingsince the Enlightenment brought around so many good things, but the French people found most of theideas from the Enlightenment thinkers amazing and took them to heart. This brought around the FrenchRevolution since the French people wanted to overthrow their government to try these new ideals for anew French Government. Another cause for the French Revolution is that the nobles and rulers werevery rich and wealthy whereas the lower class people were so poor they were eating cooked rats. Anexample is when Marie Antoinette said “Let them eat brioche! (Or cake)”. They say Marie was so out oftouch with how the French were doing that when the news was told to her that the people had run outof bread, her response was to let them eat cake or brioche since from her perspective there was plentyof brioche and cake.

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History, French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI of France, Guillotine, new French government

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