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The French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte 1780-1815 - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
A politically and socially tumultuous period in French and world history, the French Revolution was precipitated by the American Revolution and the Seven Year's War. It also set the stage for the Napoleonic Empire. Let our knowledgeable instructors help you understand the different aspects of the revolution, as well as what happened during Napoleon Bonaparte's dictatorship. When you finish this chapter, you should have an understanding of the following topics:
- The causes of the French Revolution
- The stages of the revolution, including the transitional National Assembly and radical Reign of Terror
- The Napoleonic Empire, including national reforms and European expansion
- Post-revolutionary France and Europe, including the impact of the Congress of Vienna
|The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions||Discuss the economic, social and historical factors that led to the outbreak of the French Revolution.|
|The National Assembly of France||Describe the changes in France made during the first phase of the French Revolution and war with other European nations.|
|The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution||Explore the radical phase of the French Revolution, during which the Committee of Public Safety used the guillotine to suppress counter-revolutionaries.|
|Napoleon Bonaparte: Rise to Power and Early Reforms||Discuss Napoleon Bonaparte's rise to power and institutional reforms.|
|The Napoleonic Empire: Military and Economic Expansion||Describe Napoleon's military and economic expansion over Europe and nationalistic responses.|
|The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna||Understand Napoleon's exile, return to power and ultimate defeat at Waterloo, as well as efforts to restore a balance of power in Europe.|
1. The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions
In this lesson, we explore the social, economic, and political conditions in late 18th-century France, out of which the French Revolution exploded in 1789.
2. The National Assembly of France: Creation, History & Impact
In this lesson, we explore the initial phase of the French Revolution and the creation of the National Assembly of France. We'll also discuss the reforms it initiated and the events in France prior to the Assembly's fall in 1792.
3. 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.
4. Napoleon Bonaparte: Rise to Power and Early Reforms
In this lesson, we explore the rise to power of one of France's greatest rulers, Napoleon Bonaparte, and his subsequent achievements during the first few years of his rule up until he was crowned Emperor in 1804.
5. The Napoleonic Empire: Military & Economic Expansion
In this lesson, we explore the French Empire under the Emperor Napoleon I, from Napoleon's coronation as emperor in 1804 until the fateful invasion of Russia in 1812.
6. The Fall of Napoleon & the Congress of Vienna: Definition & Results
In this lesson, we explore the fall of Napoleon's French Empire after his fateful decision to invade Russia in 1812. In turn, we also discuss the Congress of Vienna that convened after Napoleon's defeat and attempted to plan post-Napoleonic Europe.
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Other chapters within the History 102: Western Civilization II course
- Introduction to Western Civilization II
- Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe (1648-1715)
- Power Shifts in Eastern Europe (1648-1740)
- Empire and Expansion in the 18th Century (1700-1799)
- The Scientific Revolution & the Enlightenment (1500-1790)
- Industrialization (1700-1900)
- Political Developments (1760-1848)
- The Age of Nationalism (1850-1914)
- European Life and Trends (1850-1914)
- Imperialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries
- World War I (1914-1919)
- Between the World Wars (1919-1939)
- World War II (1939-1945)
- Western Civilization Since 1945
- Studying for History 102