The Old Regime
Referred to by people before the French Revolution.
A period when many people read and wrote very much.
The enlightenment didn’t spread very far because most people couldn’t read
The people who were influenced by the enlightenment were on the verge of
becoming very important people, the new middle class.
A period where the industrial revolution
The real key moment comes with the creation of the railroad in the late 1820s.
In 1789 there were no steam engines in France which was the wealthiest
country in Europe.
A time when population increased dramatically.
They conducted few censuses.
Between 1740 and 1800 the population doubled.
The birth rate went up and the death rate went down.
By 1740 the mini ice age was starting to come to an end, which meant
the growing season grew larger.
The crop yields increased and there was more food to go around.
Women whose nutrition level falls below a certain level do not
conceive very easily.
The nutrition level increased slightly causing more
The potato made its appearance in Europe from America.
It had the highest crop yield.
The death rates went down because people had more to eat
As the population began to increased, they would turn swamps into
farm land in order to create more room for people to settle.
Until the 18
century, malaria was a common disease.
It declined after the swamps started to disappear.
Weather wasn’t completely back until the 1850s.
During the 18
century, weather was either good or bad which meant
harvest was either good or bad.
When we do have bad harvest we will have severe social dislocation.
They will go looking for food and steal it from anywhere they
A time of war
In 1700-1713 it was the War of Spanish Succession.
King Louis XIV’s wars.