French Revolution: Part 1
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French Revolution: Introduction
Factors that led to the Revolution
Meeting of the Estates General
Lasted from 1789-1799. Began on July 14, 1789 when revolutionary stormed the Bastille, a prison which held gunpowder.
The Tennis Court Oath
Factors leading to the Revolution include growing resentment among lower classes and food shortage.
The Storming of the Bastille
A meeting in which every Estate had one vote, even though the third estate was 97% of the population.
The Great Fear
Three days after the National Assembly was formed, they were locked out of their meeting room. They broke down the door to find an indoor tennis court and pledged to stay until they had a new constitution drawn up.
On July 14, 1789 a mob searching for gunpowder and arms stormed the Paris prison. The fall of the Bastille became a great symbolic act of the revolution for the French.
The Great Fear was a wave of senseless panic through France where peasants became outlaws.
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