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09/08/2019

What were 3 long term and 3 short term causes of the French Revolution?

QUESTION
What were 3 long term and 3 short term causes of the French Revolution?
I am in an AP European History class and I need this answer for a test coming up. The answer to this question needs to be 100% correct because I am using my paper as a study guide. I don’t need to make anymore failing grades because I have failed every test given this year except for three.

ANSWER
I can give you three of each, but you will need to research why these are given. This is because you will likely have to do essay responses and know why they are listed to back up your own argument in your own words. Some people will suggest some of my longterm causes are short-term and vice versa – this is why you will need to double check.

Long term.
Continuing and deepening indebtedness of France as a nation.
Ever-increasing gulf between rich and poor (leading to a short term cause, mentioned below).
The Enlightenment which gave people (the general population including women) the opportunity to think for themselves and discover self-worth while preaching separation of Church and State, equality for all, freedom of association and ‘social contract’.

Short term.
Over taxation of the poor/general population.
Starvation and bread riots.
Rise of radical leadership – Gerondins and Jacobins, for example.