Identify the decline of absolutism in the French Revolution.

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The French Revolution led to the fall of absolutism in France through very extreme means. The Revolution was not something that came about unprovoked—a number of factors contributed to this event. Let us examine some of the factors that led to the French Revolution.

I like to use the acronym "MEAT BREAD" to help remember the causes of the French Revolution. "M" is for the monarchy's abuses of power. While ordinary Frenchmen experienced economic hardships, French monarchs lived a life of luxury. This was not an unusual action for monarchs of the day, but it certainly did not please the French people. The monarchs held feasts, lived at the extravagant Palace of Versailles, and Queen Marie Antoinette even had a typical countryside village built on palace grounds, so she could experience a simple life without actually living it. This all occurred while the French people struggled and starved.

The "E" is for Enlightenment ideas. The Enlightenment was a period of time in which thinkers...

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