Lecture 008 - The Roots of the French Revolution

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The Roots of the French Revolution – October 6 th , 2008 The Crisis of the Old Regime – France: The Need For Reform French Revolution did start as a political battle. The powerful need for reform was held by all classes within France; most of the efforts for reform failed however. The French crown realized the need for reform. Crown realized that a new power structure had to be formed: intermediates and such. Crown also realized that justice system had to be faster and cost-effective. Also, reform was wanted to remove the political ambitions of judges. Crown also recognized the need for economic reform. They opted for “deregulation”, or laissez- faire, rather than a highly regulated economy. Finally, Crown also realized the need for fiscal reform. The crown needed money and needed money to reform the archaic fiscal system. Laverdy Reforms (1764-1765): reform of municipal governments, never fully implemented Maupeou Reforms (1771): reform of the judiciary, abolition of Parlements, cancelled by King
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2009 for the course HISTORY 1401 taught by Professor Nathans during the Spring '09 term at UWO.

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