French Revolution Part 1

French Revolution Part 1

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  • French Revolution: Introduction
  • Factors that led to the Revolution
  • Meeting of the Estates General
  • The French Revolution was a period of political upheaval of France and its colonies that lasted from 1789-1799.
  • The Tennis Court Oath
  • The peasants are sick of my spending, but I'm going to impose new taxes on them so I can waste more money on war and my queen. I also chose to keep the social classes the same.
  • The Storming of the Bastille
  • On May 5, 1789, Louis XVI convened the estates general. Each social class, or estate, was represented by one person even though the Third Estate was much larger. The meeting was called because France was having financial issues.
  • The Great Fear
  • The Third Estate formed the National Assembly (NA) as their own government and were regularly meeting in a room in the Palace of Versailles. Louis XVI opposed the NA and locked them out. In retaliation, they broke into a tennis court and locked themselves in until they drafted a new Constitution.
  • A group of Revolutionaries stormed the Bastille because they needed gunpowder, for they thought Paris was going to be attacked by other countries and mercenaries hired by the government. They killed the governor and some guards and paraded around the streets with their heads on pikes. 
  • The Great Fear was a period of general panic that swept through France at the beginning of the French Revolution.
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