French Revolution

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  • Before the French Revolution
  • I love spending money don't you Marie?
  • Yes absolutely darling it's simply wonderful!
  • The Revolution Begins...
  • Yeah you're right!
  • Join the National Assembly so that we can represent ourselves as the majority we are!
  • The National Assembly Takes Over
  • Oh help me please! They're going to attack me!
  • Don't worry King Louis XVI, you're safe with us.
  • I chose to show King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette discussing their spending because together they bankrupted France buying luxuries. As a result, they had to increase the taxes on the third estate, upsetting a large majority of the population.
  • The End of Monarchy
  • Now that we've declared ourselves free of the Monarch, we need a way to make the laws.
  • Agreed, how about a Legislative Assembly!
  • I showed two third estate members discussing the formation of the National Assembly because this was the first deliberate action of rebellion. The large lower class wanted to vote and represent themselves as they really were.
  • Reign of Terror
  • You all are not loyal to the state! Off with their heads!
  • Oh no please Mr. Robespierre spare us!
  • I chose to show King Louis XVI hiding in his castle guarded by Swiss soldiers. He thought that the National Assembly would invade his castle in an attempt to overthrow. Meanwhile, chaos ensues as the National Assembly invades the Bastille fortress for guns, starting the Great Fear.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Thank goodness for you Napoleon! Without you, I don't know where we'd be!
  • Why, yes! Thank goodness for me.
  • I chose to show two members of the third estate discussing the creation of the Legislative Assembly, the replacement to the King. Filled with radicals, moderates, and conservatives, the Legislative Assembly could make the laws. After that, King Louis XVI is found, put on trial, and executed by the guillotine.
  • A powerful man named Maximilien Robespierre took the lead and began shutting down churches to sell land in order to pay off debt. He also began the Reign of Terror, executing people not loyal to the state in an attempt to create a utopia, the Republic of Virtue. Unfortunately, Robespierre became a tyrant, and then was executed by the guillotine.
  • After the Freach Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte, a powerful, successful military general, took power. Bonaparte cleaned up after the mess, however, he too became almost an absolute ruler, a powerful Emperor given power from himself. He does sadly make costly mistakes that do lead to his demise in isolation.
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