Great Fear

Karmen Hazen

What is the Great Fear?

It was a general panic that took place in 1789 at the start of the French Revolution that happened because peasants were afraid that the second estate would take away food for the third estate, causing famine.

Why Did The Great Fear Happen?

The Great Fear had both economic and political causes. The revolt all started in the spring of 1788, when a drought threatened the harvest. Storms and floods also destroyed much of the harvest during the summer, leading to both a decline in seigneur dues and defaults on leases. Frosts and snow damaged vines and ruined chestnut and olive groves in the south. Vagrancy became a serious problem in the countryside. Food started to become very scarce.

What Changed and Why Was It Important?

It was important because as a result of the Great Fear, the National Assembly abolished the fuedal regime.

What Aspect Does The Great Fear Represent in the French Revolution?

- Social antagonisms between two rising groups: the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie

- Conflict between the Monarchy and the nobility

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