The French Revolution.

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What caused the French Revolution? Many things contributed to it evolving. But only three were the most important. The influence dates back all the way to the Age of Enlightenment, the ideas definitely had an effect on the French citizens. The American Revolution ties with the Enlightenment as well. The political inequality of the three estates played a huge part in the disruption. In addition to that, the Economic inequality also influenced France. The French Revolution is a big and memorable part of history; yet curiosity of the human mind grabs the attention of it evolving in our world history.

One of the most important causes of the French Revolution was the Enlightenment ideas and the American Revolution. Ideas spread widely through the printing press. As historian Albert Mathiez mentions it in Document 4, leadership began to fall to the middle class who was begging to gain knowledge of the ideas of the Enlightenment.

The working classes were incapable of staring or controlling the Revolution because they were just beginning to learn to read and write, therefore Mathiez thinks the middle class caused the Revolution. Parts of the Enlightenment ideas were those of Rousseau, Voltaire, and Locke. Rousseau wanted direct democracy. Locke believed that government's power comes from the consent of the people. Rousseau. Voltaire wanted freedom of speech and religious toleration. The ideas of these Enlightenment thinkers based the Constitution of the United States. Another historian, Lord Acton suggested that the ideas of the philosophs were not directly responsible for the outbreak, but the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson supplied the spark that changed thought into action. He thought that the American example cause the Revolution to break out. However, this wasn't the only thing thought to have cause the French to revolt.

Political turbulence contributed to...