George Mason University: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution: Social Causes of the Revolution"

This essay provides a thorough overview of French society on the eve of the revolution. It also outlines how various social groups participated in the earliest phase of revolutionary events. Read it carefully, focusing on understanding the stratification of French society and the claims and needs of the different social groups in Paris and in the countryside. To access each page, click on arrow key, or the page number, at the bottom of the text.