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 took place from 1789-1799 in France and surrounding areas in Europe. It was caused by unrest among the social classes, and influenced the future of government, social classes, and revolutions.
  • The Tennis Court Oath
  • The Revolution was caused: 1. Enlightenment ideas and education 2. Economic failure and royal debt 4. Poor leadership 5. Bad harvests and starvation 6. Unequal social classes and high taxes on the poor
  • The Storming of the Bastille
  • The estates general was an assembly of the social classes where each estate came together to make new rules. The problem was each class got 1 vote, even if their populations differed. This led to the declaration of the national assembly to create an equal governmental system. 
  • The Great Fear
  • The tennis court oath was a pledge made by many people, mostly the third estate to create a new constitution. It was called the tennis court oath because the pledge was sworn after the national assembly was locked out of their meeting room.
  • On July 14, 1789, the people of the third estate attacked a French prison called the Bastille. They attacked it so they could gather weapons to defend Paris after they heard a rumor that the king was going to dismiss the national assembly. This was the beginning of the revolution and is recognized as France's independence day.
  • The great fear was a riot caused by panic that the nobles were hiring outlaws to attack peasants. The peasants became outlaws themselves when they attacked, killed, and destroyed during their riots.
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