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The different rates at which the economies developed also caused social differences
In Atlantic Protestant Europe, burgeois traders prospered through the craft and trade industries. Became more powerful, enable them to develop trade
In Southern Catholic Europe, the economy barely recovered, the nobility and the clergy maintained their positions of power.
Nobility did not pay any taxes, they had political or military obligations, they lived in palaces and obtained rents.
Haute burgeoisie consisted of important traders, bankers and high public officials.
Petite burgeoisie included artisans, small-scale traders and labourers
Peasants formed the majority of the population, they became very vulnerable during agricultural crises and many of them had to resort to begging
Beggars, who increased in number, they lived in the cities and had to beg or depend on charity to survive
The Monarchs resorted to raising the taxes of the peasants and bourgeoisie, if this ocurred in a year of bad harvests violent social revolts broke out.