French Revolution: Napoleon.
-Louis XIV, bankrupted France with his foreign wars and his new palace, Versailles.
-Louis XVI financial minister was Turgot. A man of the enlightenment, Turgot tried to tax land [mostly owned by nobles] free tariffs and get rid of the corvee.
-Nobles and clergy were exempt from taxation and where against Turgot's plan to tax them. So they made Louis XVI get rid of Turgot and hire Necker, a Swiss banker
-Necker financially supported the American Rev. which made a bigger debt for France.
-King needed money so the nobles and clergy forced him to call the Estates General, a…
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