The general states in France are the highest estate-representative institution in 1302-1789. The emergence of the General States was associated with the growth of cities, the aggravation of social contradictions and the class struggle, which necessitated the strengthening of the feudal state. The states were a deliberative body convened on the initiative of the royal authority at critical times to assist the government. Their main function was to vote taxes. Each estate – the first, second, third estate – met in the General States separately from the others and had one vote (regardless of the number of representatives). The third estate was represented by the top of the townspeople.
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