This is an excellent documentary showing how King Louis XVI inherited a bankrupt nation from his father and his grandfather. There were wars between the noblemen in his grandfather's era. So, his father built Versailles and moved all the noblemen there, so they wouldn't fight with each other. The expense of their extravagance was left to King Louis XVI who tried to tax them. They refused any of his ideas to remedy the situation and ultimately paid with their lives. I do believe Trump is today's Louis XVI and Congress are today's noblemen. Very frightening.
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1. The Third Estate contained around 27 million people or 98 per cent of the nation. This number included every French person who did not have noble title or was not ordained in the church.
2. The rural peasantry made up the largest portion of the Third Estate. Most peasants worked the land as feudal tenants or sharecroppers and were required to pay a range of taxes, tithes and feudal dues.
3. A much smaller section of the Third Estate were skilled and unskilled urban workers, who lived in cities like Paris. They were poorly paid, lived in difficult conditions and were pressured by rising food prices.
4. At the pinnacle of the Third Estate were the bourgeoisie : successful business owners who ranged from the comfortable middle class to extremely wealthy merchants and landowners.
5. Regardless of their property and wealth, members of the Third Estate were subject to inequitable taxation and were politically disregarded by the Ancien Régime . This exclusion contributed to rising revolutionary sentiment in the late 1780s.