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HIST 1020 French Revolution Throughout history the environment or the natural world has always played an integral part in human life. The effects of the natural world during the late 16 th century gave rise to what later became known as the French Revolution. Events such as the Little Ice Age, bad weather, and sudden cold fronts led to famine and scares which sparked the events that marked the French Revolution and led to changes in French culture, politics, economy, and society. The Little Ice Age, lasting from 1350-1850 (S. Kent), allowed for longer winters and significantly shorter warmer periods, which drastically decreased the growing season for French peasants. Due to landowner refusal to implement “new crop choices, land organization, or methods of farming or fertilization” (S. K. Kent Ch. 3), French farming technique and knowledge had “not changed since medieval times.” (S. K. Kent Ch. 3). Due to this lack of farming knowledge new crops such as potatoes were not a part of French diets and the ability to implement new farming techniques during hard times could not take place. The effects of the natural world largely affected those who lived off of it. Famine occurred and it became difficult for peasants to produce enough food to feed their families. The “dynamics between land shortage, population growth, bad harvests, and dramatic climate changes created a heightened sense of insecurity in the rural areas” (S. K. Kent Ch. 3), these insecurities amongst the peasantry were seen in the numerous riots that erupted throughout the countryside. Many of these factors such as “rise and fall of population and the conflict between landlord and peasant over control of natural resources” were great cultural changes (Merchant
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course HIST 1020 taught by Professor Vavara during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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