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Author:  ThinksTooMuch [ Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:19 pm ]
Post subject:  The Estates General

Hello all,

I am confused by the part in the biography about the Estates General seen below.

"Unable to force the nobility to make needed financial reforms, the desperate king called the Estates General in May 1789. This was the first time in 175 years it was called. But it was unique because it gave representation to common men, as one of the three estates able to vote. Louis did this to try to gain the support of the common people (third estate) to force needed reforms."

I had thought that the Estates General was called because France was broke, and also because he tried to tax the second estate. The second estate didnt like this and didnt cooperate which led them to force the king to call the estates general.

Could someone let me know? Thanks muches :D

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