what is the third estate

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con't (2): And after a couple years of back and forth, Louis XVI determined that he needed to do the thing and convened the Estates-General, which hadn't met since 1620. And unfortunately for him, he forgot to include composition and whether they would vote by estate (1st nobles, 2nd clergy, 3rd everyone else (98%)), so the Third Estate was very peeved and Sieyes wrote "What is the Third Estate?" to try to get double the number of deputies that the other two estates had, and then...

It wasn’t a couple years of back a forth, Necker suggested the call to the Estates General in either 1788 or 1789. The last time the Estates General had met was 1614. The 3rd estate was more 97% of the population but 98% works. The third estate always had more representatives than the rest but the same amount of votes, that’s why the first thing they voted on was giving the third estate more votes. First and Second Estates had 300 representatives but Third Estate 600. The pamphlet “What is the Third Estate?” was published in January, 1789 and was Sieyès’ response to finance minister Jacques Necker’s invitation for writers to state how they thought the Estates-General should be organized.S ieyès stated that the people wanted better representatives in the Estates-General and equal representation to the other two orders taken together, and votes “taken by heads and not by orders”. 

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Dazed and Distracted, Can’t You Tell? Chapter 3

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Every day after you finished your early morning chores, you’d pack up a crust of stale bread and a bottle of mead and head to the meadow to sit beside the large oak tree and build a flower crown of the wildflowers that grew in heaps around you.Though that’d been your favourite spot to spend your peaceful days in silence, you soon found yourself with company. One day in mid-autumn when you were about 15, the Parisian girl, Belle, met you at the oak with a book in hand. 

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Currently writing a big essay on the French Revolution for my degree, and I noticed something kinda maybe? 

“What is the Third Estate?”(1789) is a famous pamphlet written by Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, who wrote under the name Abbé Sieyès… I wonder if Abbé Sieyès would be pronounced similarly enough to “ABC” or “abaissés” as another pun behind Les Amis de l’ABC…? Or maybe Sieyès used that pseudonym for the same reason as Hugo. Nerds

@just-french-me-up tagging the expert for an opinion… 

What Is the Third Estate? ( Qu'est-ce que le tiers-état?) is a political pamphlet written in January 1789, shortly before the outbreak of the French Revolution, by the French thinker and clergyman Abbé Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès (1748–1836). The pamphlet was the response of Sieyès to finance minister Jacques Necker’s invitation for writers to state how they thought the Estates-General should be organized. The pamphlet is organized around three hypothetical questions and the responses of Sieyès. The questions are:

  • What is the Third Estate? Everything.
  • What has it been until now in the political order? Nothing.
  • What does it ask? To become something.