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Ch 11: AP European History: The French Revolution

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Explore the various phases of the French Revolution through this series of online videos and quizzes. This is just one lesson in our AP European History course.

AP European History: The French Revolution - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Examine France prior to the French Revolution, as well as events leading up to this decade-long period of social and political upheaval, through this online video lesson. You'll learn about important figures of the era, including Marie Antoinette, the Count of Artois and Napoleon Bonaparte, and explore how other European countries reacted to the revolution. Online learners who complete this chapter should be able to:

  • Identify commonly accepted phases of the French Revolution
  • Detail early reforms of the new French government
  • Discuss events leading up to the abolition of the French monarchy
  • Explain Maximilien Robespierre's role in fighting the Reign of Terror

VideoObjective
Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & EventsGet a brief overview of the commonly accepted phases of the French Revolution, including the events that began and ended each one.
The Ancient Regime: Structure, Politics & PowersLearn about France prior to the revolution.
Marie Antoinette: History, Life & FateExplore the life and fate of this wife of Louis XVI.
Assembly of Notables and the Estates GeneralLearn about the meeting of the nobility prior to the revolution and the actions of the Estates General early in the revolution.
The Storming of Bastille & the Great FearGet a breakdown of authority in Paris and elsewhere.
The Constitutional Monarchy: Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen & the Civil ConstitutionExamine the Tennis Court Oath and early reforms attempted by the new French government.
The End of the Monarchy: Count of Artois, Jacobin, Girondins, Duke of BrunswickLearn about characters, factions and events surrounding the abolition of the monarchy.
Europe Reacts to the French RevolutionExplore actions and reactions to the French Revolution from other European countries.
Political Configurations: The Mountain and the PlainLearn about factions and parties within the new French government during the revolution.
The Reign of Terror in the French RevolutionExamine the rise of Robespierre and the Committee of Public Safety.
The Directory (1795-1799): First, Second & the Coup of 18 FructidorStudy France during the period in between the Reign of Terror and the rise of Napoleon.

11 Lessons in Chapter 11: AP European History: The French Revolution
Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events

1. Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events

This lesson will provide a brief overview of the primary phases, key events, and main characters of the French Revolution. We will also study the conditions and circumstances leading up to the Revolution.

The Ancien Regime: Structure, Politics & Powers

2. The Ancien Regime: Structure, Politics & Powers

In this lesson, we will examine the Ancien Regime. This term typically refers to the structure, politics, and powers of French society before the French Revolution.

Marie Antoinette: History, Life & Fate

3. Marie Antoinette: History, Life & Fate

In this lesson, we will meet Marie Antoinette, the wife of French King Louis XVI. We will get to know Marie Antoinette as we study her early life, her years as the French queen, and her tragic end.

Assembly of Notables and the Estates General

4. Assembly of Notables and the Estates General

In this lesson, we will study the Assembly of Notables, which met in 1787, and the Estates General, which met in 1789. Neither group managed to solve France's financial crisis.

The Storming of Bastille & the Great Fear

5. The Storming of Bastille & the Great Fear

In this lesson, we will study the storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789 in Paris. We will also examine the Great Fear that ravaged the French countryside in 1789.

The Constitutional Monarchy: Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen & the Civil Constitution

6. The Constitutional Monarchy: Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen & the Civil Constitution

In this lesson, we will study the moderate phase of the French Revolution, focusing specifically on the Tennis Court Oath, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, and the constitutional monarchy.

The End of the Monarchy: Count of Artois, Jacobin, Girondins, Duke of Brunswick

7. The End of the Monarchy: Count of Artois, Jacobin, Girondins, Duke of Brunswick

In this lesson, we will explore the end of the French monarchy. In doing so, we will take a close look at the events and leaders of the French Revolution from 1791 to 1793.

Europe Reacts to the French Revolution

8. Europe Reacts to the French Revolution

France's fellow European countries viewed the French Revolution with a mixture of fear and revulsion. They issued warnings that France refused to heed, and eventually, large-scale war broke out.

Political Factions in the French National Convention

9. Political Factions in the French National Convention

By the end of 1792, the French Revolution had entered into a radical phase. Conflict and factions sprang up everywhere, as we shall see in this lesson.

The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution: Definition, Summary & Timeline

10. The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution: Definition, Summary & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the phase of the French Revolution popularly known as the Reign of Terror, a year-long period where thousands of French men and women lost their lives.

The Directory (1795-1799): First, Second & the Coup of 18 Fructidor

11. The Directory (1795-1799): First, Second & the Coup of 18 Fructidor

In this lesson, we will study the last days of the French Revolution. We will examine the French government under the Directory, as well as Napoleon Bonaparte's coup d'etat.

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