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What was the Ancient Regime?

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G. Roland

G. Roland

G. Roland
G. Roland, Professor, Austin

Answered Jan 08, 2019

Ancien regime (means old order) was the political and social system of the Kingdom of France prior to the French Revolution in 1787.

Ancien regime (means old order) was the political and social system of the Kingdom of France prior

It was in effect from the late middle Ages (circa 15th century) until the later part of the 18th century. Under the Ancien regime, everyone was a subject of the King of France as well as a member of an estate and province.

The Ancien regime divided the society into three estates: the First estate (clergy), the Second estate (nobility), and the Third estate (commoners) and the King was part of no estate.

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Matz Lewis Clark

Matz Lewis Clark

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Matz Lewis Clark
Matz Lewis Clark, College student, Graduation, Orlando

Answered Jan 03, 2019

This just means ancient regime, in French. In the late middle ages, the King of France was super powerful. The Ancien Regime was the term for the political and social system of France prior to the French Revolution. Under the regime, everyone was a subject of the king of France.

Also they were a member of an estate and province. The wide difference between the powerful and the ordinary man became so extreme, with poverty and hunger endemic, that the people notoriously rebelled and held their ground despite horrendous pubishment meted out upon them, When the people won through it was the end of the Ancien regime. Hereditary monarchy and the feudal system of French nobility were abolished

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