Before the French Revolution France had a "social and political structure called old order, created inequalities in society"(HumanLegacy 593). The king was at the top and below were three groups called estates. The first estate was the rich clergy and could avoid laws. Second estate was nobility and men of power also wealthy. Third estate was stepped on by both and paid 98% of the countries taxes when they were the most not wealthy estate. This caused controversy and revolt. Also French citizens saw how other countries were rebelling against kings and transforming governments and societies. At the time of the French Revolution France was going through hard times with nature. A nil storm and drough ruined the harvest and they had the worst winter in 80 years. Hunger and cold spread pain and sadness grew in anger. Lastly France was in huge debt.
The French Revolution was successful. It created new rights for man called the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen that fixed some inequality. A new finial system was made called the Bank of France that worked well. Many reforms were made and transformations that benefited the country and society.
Ancien régime ( old order)