What were the main causes of the French Revolution?

The main causes of the French Revolution were as follows:

  • Social inequality that was in place between the nobility, the clergy and the peasants
  • A bad harvest had led to rise in the prices of bread, only further strengthening the resentment against the monarchy
  • Ideas put forward by enlightened thinkers such a Rousseau, René Descartes
  • Financial crisis due to expensive wars, especially the support lent to the American Revolution
  • The refusal of the nobility and the clergy to pay taxes.
  • The French monarchy, no longer seen as divinely ordained, was unable to adapt to the political and societal pressures that were being exerted on it.

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