The French Revolution

The French Revolution

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  • In the 1700s, France was the leading country of Europe. One problem was that people were not treated equally in French society. Member of the Third Estate were angry. They had few rights. They paid up to half of their income in taxes, while the rich paid almost none.
  • The French Revolution Begins 
  • We have to pay taxes and the rich don't
  • They think they are better than us.
  • We are a higher class
  • King XVI was a weak, unconcerned leader. His wife, Marie Antoinette, was a big spender and was disliked. Louis tried to make peace. he ordered the clergy and nobles to join the National Assembly.  
  • The French Revolution Begins 
  • I think I should try to make peace 
  • In 1791, the assembly drew up a new constitution that gave the king very little power. The assembly then handed over its power to a new assembly, the Legislative Assembly. Angry Frence citizens imprioned them. Many nobles were killed in other mob action. Maximilien Robespierra, began to lead France. His rule, which began in 1793, was called Reign of Terror.
  • Revolution Brings Reform and Terror
  • Time for me to start and lead France
  • We got a new Leader 
  • Napoleon Forges an Empire 
  • Napoleon's Empire Collapses
  • The Congress of Vienna
  • Napoleon Bonaparte became the master of France. Napoleon had hoped to make his empire larger in both Europe and the New World.
  • Napoleon's first mistake was the caused by his desire to crush Britain. He wanted to hurt the British economy. So in 1806 he tried stopping all trades between Britain and the Lands he controlled. Napoleon's second mistake was to make his brother king of spain in 1808. Napoleon's third mistake was perhaps his worst. In 1812, he tried to conquer Russia, far to the east
  • The key person there was the foreign minister and Austria, Klemens von Metternich. He shaped the peace conditions that were accepted 
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