French Revolution Part 2

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  • Women's March on Versailles
  • BACK TO PARIS!
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man
  • Reign of Terror
  • In October 1789, thousands of Parisian women marched on Versailles because of the rising cost of bread. They demanded the national assembly take action to provide bread and Luis, and Marie Antonette returns to Paris. Luis eventually agreed and the people saw a radical change of power.
  • Execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man was a document created by the French National Assembly that states the rights of all man. It protects right like, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and separation of powers.
  • Rise of Napoleon
  • The reign of terror was a dark and violent period of the French revolution where Maximillion Robespierre took control of France. He, at the head of the department of public safety and the Jacobins, arrested and executed anyone who was suspected to be against the revolution. He said terror would be "the order of the day."
  • Fall of Napoleon
  • King Luis XVI of France was convicted of treason for conspiring with foreign leaders. He was sent to the guillotine on January 21, 1793. His wife Marie Antoinette went to guillotine not long after on October 16, 1973. This truly put an end to ideas about restoring the monarchy.
  • Napoleon Bonapart proved himself as a military genius and won remarkable victories at Sardinia, Austria and became the "savior of the French Republic" when he defended the National Convention from royalists. When the Directory lost control of the situation and the confidence of the people he decided to take over first as a dictator then as emperor. This ended the revolution.
  • Napoleon made great ground with the French empire but made mistakes that eventually caused his downfall. He tried to use a blockade against Britain but Britain put up a better blockade, he invaded Russia losing 400,000 troops, and started the Peninsular war losing 300,000 troops. He was exiled to the island of Elba but came back only to be defeated again and be exiled to St. Helena.
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