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What was Abbe Sieyes's view of the third estate?

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Abbe Sieyès was a member of the French clergy around the time of the French Revolution. At the time, France's social system was broken up into three estates. The First Estate was made up of the clergy. The Second Estate was made up of the nobility. The Third Estate was made up of everyone else, and it constituted the vast majority of French citizens in the late 18th Century. The Third Estate consisted of 98% of French citizens, yet prior to the French Revolution, these citizens received few rights and benefits. Additionally, the Third Estate was the only estate required to pay taxes, despite its members including the poorest of the French people.

Sieyès is significant for his beliefs that were central to the ideas of the French Revolution. Sieyès favored ideas like popular sovereignty (rule by the people), in which the Third Estate (the bulk of the French population) received more rights and had a greater say in the government. There are three questions associated with Sieyès regarding the Third Estate. These questions are addressed by Sieyès in his pamphlet...

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