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In 1789, Abbeâ€™ Sieyes wrote What is the Third Estate in an attempt to lay out th
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In 1789, Abbeâ€™ Sieyes wrote What is the Third Estate in an attempt to lay out the desires and dreams of the 3rd Estate in the increasingly chaotic political world of France. Using this work, you will analyze the impact of the Third Estate.
Starting from Sieyesâ€™ work, analyze the rise and impact of the 3rd estate in the French Revolution, including connection to Napoleon.
The following is a suggested outline:
â€¢ First connect the writings and thinking of the Enlightenment figures, with Seiyes’ ideas. Here, you are showing what the major Enlightenment thinkers believed about government and the human condition. This should take you at least 1.5-2 pages. Do not get stuck here or go too deep—just demonstrate that you can see how Sieyes is standing on the foundation of the Enlightenment.
â€¢ Second, focus deeper on the rise and impact of the 3rd estate in the French Revolution. Be certain to discern the various disparate parts of the 3rd estate and their various wishes, hopes or dreams (Sieyes does NOT reflect all parts). Make sure you demonstrate the various moments when the 3rd estate provided the main impetus provoking the Revolution forward in its radicalism. (This should be 2-3 pages). This will take more research on the Revolution’s early years.
â€¢ Third, discuss (should be no more than 1 page) how, in your opinion, the rise of Napoleon is connected to the third estate. Was Napoleon’s rise to Emperor the consolidation or repudiation of the Revolution? Why did the third estate support him so fervently (or did they)?
â€¢ Last part of this assessment, then, critically evaluate the â€œOccupy Movementâ€ in the USA, which began in 2011. While much of it’s energy died out the following year, you can still investigate it for this essay. Was this the new â€œThird Estate?â€ How is it NOT the new â€œThird Estate?â€ Is there a fair comparison? Clearly articulate comparisons between the French Revolution Third Estate (complaints, membership, desires, etcâ€¦) and the USA Occupy Movement. (This should be 1-2 pages)
â€¢ This work should be a 5-7 page essay that demands solid writing based on good historical research (3-5 sources would be best if you go beyond the class notes and the book).
â€¢ You MUST write your thesis statement at the top of your first page, separate from the main body of the essay; consult the Historical Methods Module for more advice on this as needed