French Revolution- Story Board

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  • Enlightenment Lights the Way
  • I believe that we must separate power so that no one becomes too strong!
  • Power to the People
  • We demand that we should make the laws and we want monarchy to be limited.
  • Monarchy Ends
  • Off with Our heads?
  • The French writer, Baron de Montesquieu, studied political liberty and felt that the best governed country was one that had 3 separate branches. This system would keep any one branch from being in total control.
  • Terror Takes Over
  • Terror is nothing else than swift, severe indomitable justice.
  • The increasing resentment of the lower classes led to a revolutionary mood. The National Assembly turned over its power to a new Legislative Assembly with the duty to make laws and reforms. This Assembly was made up of the Third Estate which represented 98% of the population. This became the end of absolute monarchy and began representative government which was the first step of the revolution.
  • Napoleon Grabs Power
  • I have saved the Revolution as it lay dying! I have inspired France with my new ideas.
  • Revolution is in the air. The street mobs take over the most radical group of which is the Jacobin Club who wanted to create a republic and get rid of the king. One of the leaders called for "5 or 600 heads to be cut off." Eventually, Louis XVI was tried and found guilty of treason. He along with his queen Marie Antoinette were beheaded by a new machine called the guillotine.
  • Change is Everywhere
  • Robespierre took control to establish "A republic of virtue." Revolution was in the air and Robespierre functioned as a dictator and his rule became known as the Reign of Terror. Robespierre thought that terror was necessary. Over 3,000 people were executed on the guillotine which was felt to be a more humane and democratic execution machine. Some believe that the number was much higher.
  • A young French army officer, Napoleon Bonaparte, emerged. In 1804, when he crowned himself emperor when he took the crown from the hands of the Pope and placed it on his own head showing that he was stronger than the church. Napoleon's armies created a huge empire, but he made mistakes and spread his armies too thin. In time, Britain, France, Russia joined together to defeat him at Waterloo. He was exiled to Elba and later to St. Helena where he died.
  • After Napoleon's defeat, the European countries made many changes. The victorious European countries did not want to impose harsh penalties on France because they felt that it would just lead to future wars. The European nation's decision set up a balance of power on the continent and peace resulted in Europe for years. Kings and royalty in France became a constitutional monarchy.
  • Finally! A new era, new leader, everything should be peaceful now!
  • I like peace! I will do better than the last guy!
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