How true is the statement that the French Revolution was avoidable?

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Looking back through the lens of history, there are several points where the revolution could have been avoided, or at the very least, delayed.

The food shortages and economic decline that began in the 1770s did a lot to bring on the revolution. If the monarchy and aristocracy had done more to alleviate the hardships that these issues brought to the poor, the animosity and desperation that led to the revolution may not have existed. One problem was that it was difficult to inexpensively import grain into France due to archaic trade rules that had been in place since the Middle Ages. It is possible that if the trade economy had been modernized, the famines that afflicted the poor may not have occurred, and the people would not have revolted demanding more bread.

Harsh and burdensome taxes were also a leading factor in the French Revolution. While the nobility and clergy were generally exempt from taxes, the peasantry and middle classes paid heavily. If a more comprehensive tax system had...

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