French Revo - 1. Economic 2. Famine 3. Social 4....

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1. Economic Bankrupt by 1789 It was debt that led to the long-running fiscal crisis of the French government. Extravagant expenditures on luxuries by Louis XVI , whose rule began in 1774, were compounded by debts that increased during the reign of his even- more-profligate predecessor, Louis XV (who reigned from 1715 to 1774). Heavy expenditures to conduct the losing Seven Years' War against Britain (1756–1763), and France's support for the Americans in their War of Independence , ran the tab up even further. 2. Famine a great scarcity of food in the 1780s. A series of crop failures due to inclement weather and poor harvests caused a shortage of grain, resulting in raised prices for bread, a nutritious commodity. Widespread starvation prevailed because peasants couldn’t afford bread. in other parts of Europe, peasant farmers had adopted the potato as its staple crop , but the French generally refused to eat potatoes because they had stigmatized them as an
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