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p. 192. Why it happenedlocked

p. 192. Why it happenedlocked

  • William Doyle

Abstract

Describing why the French Revolution happened poses challenges. The French Revolution was not a single event, it was a series of developments which stretched over a number of years beginning between 1787 and 1789. ‘Why it happened’ attempts to outline the causes of the French Revolution by looking at the events leading up to the end of the 1780s. This was a period of uncertainty and confusion. What role did the monarchy have in causing the initial disquiet? Were the seeds of disorder already present in French society in the late eighteenth century? How important was France's financial difficulties in causing a crisis?

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