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Ch 24: Bonaparte & the French Revolution

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Study Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Revolution with this collection of history study guide resources. The lessons can help you efficiently prepare for exams and solidify your understanding of this era in history.

Bonaparte & the French Revolution - Chapter Summary

This series of engaging video lessons outlines the events of the French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte. The chapter includes high-level explanations of the conditions that led to the revolution, as well as the rise and fall of Napoleon's power in France. You'll also examine other important historical organizations and events, including the National Assembly of France, the Reign of Terror and the Congress of Vienna.

Upon completion of the chapter, you'll be equipped to:

  • Identify the economic and social conditions that caused the French Revolution
  • Understand how the National Assembly of France impacted other European countries
  • Summarize the French Revolution's Reign of Terror
  • Know how Napoleon Bonaparte rose to power and what his early reforms were
  • Describe Napoleon's economic and military expansion across Europe
  • Recognize the events that led to Napoleon's downfall and know how the Congress of Vienna attempted to restore power balance in Europe

Each lesson contains concise definitions and easy-to-follow explanations of significant historical topics. This way, you can study the information quickly and efficiently. We've also included interactive self-assessment quizzes following each lesson so you can be sure you remember what you study. Print the lesson transcripts to review offline and feel free to ask our instructors any questions if they arise. The lessons can be accessed whenever it's convenient using any desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

6 Lessons in Chapter 24: Bonaparte & the French Revolution
The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions

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.

The National Assembly of France: Creation, History & Impact

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.

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

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.

Napoleon Bonaparte: Rise to Power and Early Reforms

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.

The Napoleonic Empire: Military & Economic Expansion

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.

The Fall of Napoleon & the Congress of Vienna: Definition & Results

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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