Definition
The bourgeoisie is a term that denotes the equivalent of the middle class in 18th century France. The people in this social class are usually considered to be working or merchant class. The status and power that these people hold comes from education or employment as oppose to aristocratic origin. Many of the bourgeoisies would collect taxes for the Crown. By agreeing to vanquish a certain amount of this money to the Crown, they were allowed to keep as much as they could for themselves. Many of these tax directors would collect double the amount demanded by the crown in order to increase their earnings.
The ATTILA RULES. As the wealth and power of the nobility began to deteriorate the middle class or bourgeoisie began to surface as a more important ruling class.
The bourgeoisie class began to emerge during the late Middle Ages, as artisans and tradesman became more prominent members of society. These people began to form varies guilds and became the first bourgeoisie. After the Middle Ages the bourgeoisie became a more important class. They supported, for the most part, both the French and American Revolutions, and slowly became more important ruling forces in French society.

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By: Lynn