Today we have started the class checking exercise 1 from page 22, Daniel Pintado has done it. The exercise was about the causes of French Revolution.
- Economic crisis (bad harvest, increase of food prices)
- Constant wars and money waste.
- Discontent of the bourgeois
- Influence of the ideas of Enlightenmen.
Paqui has explained, that Maria Antoinette was called Madame Dèficit because she waste money in stupid things
After that we have contiuned with the unit Mariluz and Beatriz Antequera have read THE BEGINNING OF THE REVOLUTION:
Turgot, Nester, Calome, Brienne decided, privileged paid but all of them were dismissed. Louis XVI, advised by his finance ministers, started thinks about reforming tax system and eliminating privileges.
Call of the Estates General ( Parliament) 5th of May in 1789, the privileged met to discus the tax reform, and the book of grivances (cuaderno de quejas) were written to collect the demands of every Estate. They met by a traditional way:
- every estate met separately
- every estate had similar number of representatives
- every estate had a votte.
But the third Estate demanded double representation and voting per person, and the King gave double representation:
- Third Estate 578 deputies
- Clergy 291 deputies
- Nobles 270 deputies.
Discontent was boiling peasants nobles, clergy and bourgeois were discontent. The third Estate went on protesting and the king closed the Estates General.
TENIS COURT OATH (20th June 1789)
The representatives of the third Estate+ some nobles+ some members of the clergy
-declared themselves as the legitimate representatives of France
- created a National Assembly
- swore staying together until France had a constitution.
The king reluctantly accepted and ordered the nobles and clergy to join the third Estate and start writting a Constitution (National Constituent Assembly)
To explain that Paqui has divided the class into three parts: nobles, peasants, clergy and Paqui was the King. Also We have learnt new words:
- Oath ( juramento)
- Reluctantly (a regañadientes).
At the end of the class Paqui has given us for homework exercises 2,3,4 from page 22.