What is the Third Estate?

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Harrison W. Mark
by Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes
published on 19 August 2022

What is the Third Estate? was a seminal pamphlet written by Abbé Emmanuel-Joseph Sièyes (1748-1836) in the months preceding the Estates-General of 1789. The pamphlet argues that the Third Estate (commoners) constitutes an entire nation itself, and the upper estates (clergy and nobility) are nothing more than dead weight.

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APA Style

Sieyes, E. (2022, August 19). What is the Third Estate?. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/16277/what-is-the-third-estate/

Chicago Style

Sieyes, Emmanuel-Joseph. "What is the Third Estate?." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified August 19, 2022. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/16277/what-is-the-third-estate/.

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Sieyes, Emmanuel-Joseph. "What is the Third Estate?." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 19 Aug 2022. Web. 04 Feb 2023.

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