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William Doyle - French Revolution

"Loss of public confidence underlay the financial and political crisis which precipitated the downfall of a system of government too little changed in its habits and priorities since the days of Louis XIV."

What does this mean? Is it the loss of public confidence caused financial and political crisis or the other way around?
Original post by koko1234koko
"Loss of public confidence underlay the financial and political crisis which precipitated the downfall of a system of government too little changed in its habits and priorities since the days of Louis XIV."

What does this mean? Is it the loss of public confidence caused financial and political crisis or the other way around?

and this part:
"Surprise at the rapid collapse of a state whose ambitions had outstripped its means was universal. Nobody had expected it, or prepared for it, for all their disillusionment with existing ways and institutions."
Original post by koko1234koko
"Loss of public confidence underlay the financial and political crisis which precipitated the downfall of a system of government too little changed in its habits and priorities since the days of Louis XIV."

What does this mean? Is it the loss of public confidence caused financial and political crisis or the other way around?


Maybe ask a teacher at school? I think it’s saying that there was no public support because of true economic + political crisis: all 3 factors combined to cause the ‘downfall’

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