While there were many causes of the French Revolution of 1789, a few are credited with having the strongest influence. Among these were the faulty financial practices, a confusing and shaky government, agrarian distress, and Enlightenment ideals. All of these factors contributed to discontent among the people. There was increased state spending and a growing burden of state debt. Some of the spending can be attributed to the wars France fought (or financially assisted) during the eighteenth century. These were funded almost entirely by borrowing, which put France deeper in debt.8