The Estates General #Nonexistent

Firstly, I apologize for the cliché, and outdated, use of a hashtag, but I couldn’t think of a simpler way to put it.

I was talking to a classmate the other day, and I was explaining how the French government progressed, and once we reached the Estates Genearl, we came to an odd, and a bit confusing, conclusion. The classmate I was talking to said, “OK, so Luis XVI re-created/re-established the Estates General, then they did what?” And it took me a minute. I was trying to remember what exactly the Estates General had done, when I realized that they hadn’t really done anything except for disbanding and turning themselves into the National Assembly. The questions that then popped into my mind were as follows: 1) Why is the Estates General so important? I mean, if they didn’t really do anything other than argue, gridlock, and disband, why are they such a milestone-part of French History? and 2) Why didn’t the Estates General just change their rules to match those that they created when they formed the National Assembly? In other words, why did they have to go off and create a whole other governmental establishment instead of just consenting to the demands of the third estate (Third Estate ? )?

Personally, I think that the only reason the Estates General should be considered important/should be studied or emphasized is because of the great changes that the third estate were able to make because of/in spite of it, and because of all of the change that governmental and social change that occurred at that time. Secondly, I think that they may have wanted to start anew, also, by the time the third estate (Third Estate?) had so violently (as in rash, not bloody) separated themselves from the Estates General and made such lofty demands, it was just easier to let them lead the other two estates to wherever they, governmentally/structurally, wanted to go.

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2 Responses to The Estates General #Nonexistent

  1. Starr B says:

    I agree with your thoughts on the Estates General. They seem to leave an impact on history just for being able to assemble and disassemble. Also, the importance of the “Third Estate” and how they overpowered the other estates to be respected is a significant and perhaps a revolutionary a bit.

    • kbylancik2015 says:

      I never thought about the act of the Third Estate abandoning the Estates General and creating the National Assembly as revolutionary, but it definitely did serve as a small revolution of sorts, especially considering the vast effects this small action had on the political history of France.

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