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SOCIAL CHANGE


Economic prosperity resulted in an increase in the population and a reduction in the number of big epidemics. Cities grew.

As well as the rural society urban society.

Socity continued to be divided into different social groups called estates.

-The priviledged estates consisted of the nobility and the clergy. They are a minority, but owned most of the land. They didn´t pay taxes, and they were judged by special tribunals.

-The unprivileged estates, also called the Third Estate. They paid numerous taxes and did not have access to high political positions.

  --The peasants continued to form the largest group. They were serfs of the feudal lord or noble. They had to pay them rent or a part of their harvest.

  --The bourgeoisie were the city inhabitans. This social group increased in number, became wealthier and gained more political influence during the Early Modern Age.

     --The upper bourgeoisie merchants, bankers and officials. They lived in richly decorated urban palaces.

     --The petite bourgeoisie were small merchants, less important officials, all types of artisans, artists, servants and labourers. They formed the largest group in the cities.


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