Causes of the revolution include the following:
-Resentment of royal absolutism.
-Resentment of the seigneurial system by peasants, wage-earners, and a rising bourgeoisie.
-The rise of enlightenment ideals.
-An unmanageable national debt, both caused by and exacerbating the burden of a grossly inequitable system of taxation.
-Food scarcity in the years immediately before the revolution.