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Year 7 - The French Revolution

What were the causes of the French Revolution?
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George McCombe

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Year 7 - The French Revolution

The French Revolution What is a revolution? A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around") is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time. References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolution Monday 19/04/2010 9:09
http://www.success.co.il/knowledge/images/Pillar10-History-French-Revolution-Delacroix.jpg Monday 19/04/2010 9:17
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolution Monday 19/04/2010 9:19
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storming_of_the_Bastille Monday 19/04/2010 9:29 The French Revolution (1789–1799) was a period of radical social and political upheaval in French and European history. The absolute monarchy that had ruled France for centuries collapsed in three years. French society underwent an epic transformation as feudal, aristocratic, and religious privileges evaporated under a sustained assault from liberal political groups and the masses on the streets. Old ideas about hierarchy and tradition succumbed to new Enlightenment principles of citizenship and inalienable rights.

How has the French revolution been remembered?
Book: Societies and Change, pg 96-7 The Storming of the Bastille occurred in Paris on the 14th of July 1789. The medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the center of Paris. While the prison only contained seven prisoners at the time of its storming, its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution, and it subsequently became an icon of the French Republic. In France, Le quatorze juillet (14 July) is a public holiday, formally known as the Fête de la Fédération (Federation Holiday). It is usually called Bastille Day in English.

Aim: Investigate reading the two page spread how the popular images of these events are themselves "interpretations". Guillotine Storming of the Bastille
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