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French Revolution
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I. Course – II. French Revolution and Religion – III. Effects on Germany

In the French Revolution, discontent exploded over the inability of French absolutism under Louis XVI to achieve reform. It signaled the dissolution of the old European estates (Estate-based society) and absolutism, to be replaced by bourgeois society (Bourgeoisie) and the constitutional state based on the rule of law.

I. Course

The struggle of the aristocracy in the parlements to preserve their traditi…

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Leppin, Volker, “French Revolution”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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