For more than 100 years, France had been the largest and most powerful nation in Europe, ruled by a monarch who claimed absolute power. When the French Revolution began in 1789, however, the king lost all power within months. The great changes brought about by the Revolution made the French feel that they were living in a whole new society. People began to refer to the time before 1789 as the Old Regime. Under the Old Regime, society had been broken into three estates, or classes.
Objectives: 1. Examine the growing discontent with the Old Regime.
2. Analyze the events leading up to the French Revolution.