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- List the phases of the French Revolution.
- Understand the political structure of France prior to the Revolution.
- Discuss the life and fate of Marie Antoinette.
- Describe the meeting of the nobility prior to the French Revolution.
- Learn about the Storming of the Bastille and the Great Fear.
- Describe the government of the constitutional monarchy.
- Explain why the monarchy was abolished.
- Examine the reactions to the French Revolution from other European countries.
- List the political factions and parties in the new French government.
- Discuss the role of the Committee of Public Safety during the Reign of Terror.
- Explain what France was like after the Reign of Terror, but before Napoleon.
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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