Social Causes of Revolution: Leading cause: France’s large population, because epidemic disease and food shortage declined; Paris was largely populated; 18thcentury saw the intrusion of capitalism into daily life; expansion in overseas trade increased money; However, daily life in the countryside remained much the same (they were known as peasants) Even though the people on the countryside were poor, the cities tended to be even more unsavory to live than the countryside. Bread was the staple of most urban diets, but the prices rose – protests. Credibility of government officials came to be linked to functioning of grain market.Three economic divisions: clergy, nobility, common people. Nobles ruled over commoners. Enlightenment writers thought that social standing should be determined from talent, but traditionalists countered that. When the King called for an Estates- General in 1789 the social tensions from old regime emerged as central issue of the Revolution. Pamphlets appeared suggesting that
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