The Ultimate Guide to the French Revolution By Chelsie Johnson

What is the French Revolution?
  • The French Revolution was a period of far-reaching social and political upheaval in France that lasted from 1789 until 1799, and was partially carried forward by Napoleon during the later expansion of the French Empire. Reasons for the French Revolution include conflict between the Monarchy and the nobility over the “reform” of the tax system led to paralysis and bankruptcy. Also we must not forget the storming of Bastille, which lead this revolution places. Yeah, that was tragic.
Reign Of Terror? What Happened With That?
  • The Reign of Terror was lead by the politician/lawyer Maximillian Robespierre. This went on from 1793-1794, which means a whole year of frightening events. Over 40,000 people were executed by the guillotine over majorly dumb things, actually. Okay, maybe some people deserved it, but what can you do now? All that is history. a period of violence that occurred after the onset of the French Revolution, incited by conflict between two rival political factions, the Girondins and Jacobins, and marked by mass executions of "enemies of the revolution". My dude and dudette, (King Louis XVI, Queen Marie Antoinette,) were executed and this triggered people throughout France.
Too many people were killed.
Marie wasn't really nice, but she had bling.
This guy wasn't that cool, either. His wife was better.
This is Robespierre, he's kinda ugly.
Napoleon Bonaparte- Why is He Relevant?
  • Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. This guy was a major stud and fought a lot, which I guess is good. This man conquered Egypt and some other places. Look at him go ! In June 1815, Napoleon's forces marched into Belgium, where separate armies of British and Prussian troops were camped. At the Battle of Ligny, on June 16, Napoleon defeated the Prussians under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher (1742-1819).
Napoleon was a pretty cool guy.
The paparazzi painted this shot of Napoleon conquering Egypt.
How Did The French Affect Other Countries?

The French Revolution impacted other countries in various ways. In Europe, the revolution led to a series of wars between various countries and the French. It also led to the rise of Napoleon and the empire he won, albeit briefly.

First, it helped split the country between pro-British and pro-French factions. Second, it led to many problems in foreign policy. The French and British went to war, and the US was caught in between with both countries preying on US shipping to the other country. This eventually led to near-war with the French and finally to the War of 1812 with the British.

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