Q- describe the circumstances leading to outbreak of revolutionary protest in france?
Answer- The incidents leading to the outbreak of revolutionary protest were-
1. Mettings of the Estates General leading to outbreak of revolutionary protest in france: On 5 May 1789, Louis 16 called for a meeting to proposed new taxes. Representatives of the three estates reached there, but members of the third estate had to stand at the back as they were offered any seat. Peasants, artisans and women were denied entry to the assembly.
2. Demand for Universal Adult franchise leading to outbreak of revolutionary protest in france:
Members of the third estate demanded the power for each member to vote when the king rejected the demand, members of the third estate walked out to the assembly to protest against the King.
3. Meeting of the newly formed National Assembly leading to outbreak of revolutionary protest in france:
Since the percentage of the third estate was more, they considered themselves as the spokesman for the whole French nation. They entered in the indoor tennis court of Versailles and declared themselves as a national assembly. They believed in removing the feudal privileges of the nobles and the clergy.
4. Revolt by Peasants leading to outbreak of revolutionary protest in france:
The countryside rumors spread from villages to villages that their ripe crops would be destroyed by hired bands of lords of manors. Peasants in several districts seized hoes and attacked the residences of their manors. They looted, hoarded grains and burnt down documents containing records of manorial dues.
5. Fall of Bastille prison leading to outbreak of revolutionary protest in france:
During this political turmoil, the French had experienced severe winter leading to bad harvest. It increased the prices of bread, which was hoarded in the market. Angry women attacked the shop. At the same time, the king ordered troops to move into paris. On 14 July 1789, the agitated crowd stormed and destroyed the bastille prison.