French Revolution: Part 2

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  • Women's March on Versailles
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man
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  • Reign of Terror
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  • In October 1790, Women from Paris rioted outside the palace of Versailles demanding bread and for Louis and Marie to return to Paris with them. This protest truly began the change of power and the reformation of French life.
  • Execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
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  • After bringing the king to Paris, the National Assembly held a meeting to write a new constitution for France, call the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen which gave citizens of France equal justice, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and equal rights.
  • Rise of Napoleon
  • From 1793-1794, Maximilian Robespierre took control of the reformed government. However, his reign wasn’t what the citizens expected as Robespierre essentially became the dictator of France and executed anyone that he believed was counter-revolution or posed a threat to his leadership. Over 40,000 people were executed until Robespierre was forcefully removed from office and executed. 
  • Fall of Napoleon
  • During Robespierre’s leadership, he arrested King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette and had them executed for treason against France due to their irresponsible leadership of France.
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  • In 1790, the directory, the current government of France, started falling apart so Napoleon Bonaparte, a French army officer, seized control of the legislature and declared himself first consul. Throughout his reign he set up efficient taxes, a national bank, ended government corruption, introduced new French laws, and conquered lots of Europe.
  • However, Napoleon’s reign was cut short as the surrounding countries felt extremely threatened by France’s growing power. Napoleon was ousted of office by Britain and Prussia during the battle of Waterloo and France was returned to being equal to the other European countries during the Congress of Vienna.
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