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Why couldn’t France get out of debt in the 1780s?

French officialThis is the second part in a series of lessons on the causes of the Revolution in France. This enquiry uses the banking crisis of today to look at the situation in France in the 1780s. Difficult decisions need to be taken!

Can your class act as financial adviser to Louis XVI? What would they suggest he does to solve the financial crisis?

This lesson gets across one of the more difficult reasons of the causes of the French Revolution in a really accessible and interesting way

It acts as part of a series of lessons on the causes of the French Revolution that build to an unseen assessment which will help you pinpoint where your students are at in their historical thinking. A mark-scheme is available with examples of pupil work to help guide your judgements.

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