About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP European History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the French Revolution. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the revolution that took place in France during the late 1700s. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the stages of the revolution, the Storming of the Bastille and the Reign of Terror.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a French Revolution unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
French Revolution Unit Objectives:
- Study the unique events associated with each stage of the revolution.
- Discuss the reign and fate of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.
- Understand how a breakdown in government led to the attack on the Bastille.
- Learn how and when the French monarchy came to an end.
- Understand the impact of the French Revolution on other European countries.
- Discuss what happened in France between the Reign of Terror and Napoleon's rise to power.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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