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1 Chapter 16 Beneath the exterior of leading European power, discontent was growing within French society among the aristocracy and the middle class, both of which wanted more rights and political power, and a long-suffering peasantry.


3 “A Great Ferment:” Trouble Brewing in France
The Financial Crisis Weakens the Monarchy The Taxation System France lacked an adequate banking system Reform Efforts Louis XVI appointed Jacques Turgot as his minister of finance in 1774 He was dismissed and his reform measures were rescinded The Underlying Causes of the Revolution Revolt of the Nobility The nobility was the monarchy’s chief rival for power Middle Class Demands

4 “A Great Ferment:” Trouble Brewing in France
Enlightenment Ideas and Language Salon meetings and new publications spread key ideas of the Enlightenment Nobles often used language and ideas that attacked monarchical absolutists Disappointed Expectations In 1788 the countryside suffered unusually bad harvests, and in May and July hailstorms wiped out crops throughout France, then the price of bread soared. Demands for Political Participation In Poland, independence from Russia influence surfaced between 1772 and 1792 American Revolution The Dutch Republic erupted into open revolt in 1787, and the Austrian Netherlands elites rose against reforms by Joseph II

5 “A Great Ferment:” Trouble Brewing in France
Unpopular Kings Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI had no alliance with the nobility, nor did they succeed being “enlightened” monarchs The “Tennis Court Oath” The Estates General Louis XVI summoned the Estates General in 1788, and the delegates met in Versailles on May 5 The first estate; the clergy, the second estate; the nobility, the third estate; commoners All men age 25 who paid taxes could vote The National Assembly The third estate took action and declared itself the National Assembly of France on June 17

6 “A Great Ferment:” Trouble Brewing in France
Storming the Bastille Peasant Revolts July and August, peasants throughout France revolted against their lords The “Great Fear” Many nobles fled France and became known as the emigres The End of the Old Order Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen On August 26, the Assembly proclaimed the Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen March to Versailles Parisian women infuriated by high bread prices and food shortages, marched to Versailles, surrounded the palace, and forced the king back to Paris

7 Chapter 16 When the old regime fell, the French National Assembly, guided by Enlightenment principles, created a new central government and enacted widespread reforms.

8 The Constitutional Monarchy: Establishing a New Order
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Liberty meant freedom from arbitrary authority and freedom of speech, press, conscience, assembly, and profession Equality meant equal treatment under the law and equality of economic opportunity Fraternity meant comradeship as citizens of the nations Constitutional Monarchy The National Assembly served as legislature, and the king its chief executive officer Civil Constitution of the Clergy The Assembly dissolved all convents and monasteries and people would elect the clergy and the state would pay their salaries


10 The Constitutional Monarchy: Establishing a New Order
The King Discredited Flight of the Royal Family On June 20, 1791, the royal family escaped from Paris and headed by coach to France’s northeastern frontier. Officials arrested the royal family and returned them to Paris Reactions Outside France Edmund Burke – Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)

11 Chapter 16 Although the bourgeoisie and peasantry had gained much from the revolution, the urban populace, or sans-culottes, pushed for a more radical turn in the revolution under the leadership of the Jacobins.

12 To the Radical Republic and Back
Sans-Culottes The most politically active came to be known as the sans-culottes because they wore long pants The Jacobin Club Formed to debate and plan political matters Most important political organization War and the Breakdown of Order Panic and Massacre Frightened and enraged people began murdering members of the nonjuring clergy and nobles held in the prisons of Paris National Convention Republicans won a sweeping victory

13 To the Radical Republic and Back
Radical Republicans Struggle for Power Girondins and Jacobins The Girondins had come to be known as “the Left” Jacobins came to be called “the Mountain” The Republic On September 22, 1792, the National Convention declared France a republic Execution of the King Internal and External Enemies Britain, the Dutch Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Sardinia, and Naples joined Austria and Prussia against France The peasants of the Vendee region in western France rebelled against the republican government

14 To the Radical Republic and Back
The Terror Committee of Public Safety Two main tasks: to secure the Republic against its enemies, and to carry out a radical republican program Reign of Terror To protect the Republic from its internal enemies and to satisfy demands from the sans-culottes for immediate action, the Committee of Public Safety instituted a Reign of Terror. Levee en masse General call-up of all men, women, and children to serve the nation

15 To the Radical Republic and Back
The Republic of Virtue Attacking the Catholic Church Represented the worst of the Old Regime, the Catholic Church Angry radicals disfigured religious statues Family Life and Education The National Convention took the rules governing family life and education away from the church and placed them in state hands Revolutionary Symbols The figure of Liberty replaced royal symbols on everything from coins and statues to plates and posters Officials promoted festivals that featured revolutionary symbols

16 To the Radical Republic and Back
The Revolution Spreads Outside of France Sister Republics Holland, Switzerland, and Italy Outside Opinion Many intellectuals and liberal political groups continued to uphold the ideals of the Revolution, until 1793 when the Revolution took a more Radical Turn Uprisings Ireland The Caribbean slaves in St. Domingue revolted Resistance to the Republic Rises

17 Chapter 16 Reaction: The “White” Terror and the Directory
Thermidorian Reaction On July 27, 1794 the Convention overthrew Robespierre Reaction: The “White” Terror and the Directory This ambitious and skilled military officer utilized the opportunities opened by the revolution to become emperor of France and spread French and spread French revolutionary ideals throughout the world.

18 Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon’s Rise to Power Italian Campaign
Napoleon used his growing prominence to secure command of the French army Napoleon’s successes in Italy established his reputation as a brilliant military leader and able statesman Expedition to Egypt The expedition failed, Admiral Nelson destroyed the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile on August 1, 1798 Coup d’etat Abbe Sieyes conspired with him to overthrow the Directory on November 9, 1799


20 Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon Consolidates Control Reforming France
First Consul Napoleon named himself “first consul” and assumed the powers necessary to rule The Concordat Declared the Catholic religion the religion of the majority of the French people, but ensured freedom for Protestants Reforming France Napoleonic Code Affirmed the Enlightenment-inspired legal reforms that the early French revolutionaries had sought

21 Napoleon Bonaparte Creating the Empire War and Conquest
Finance and Education Napoleon established the Bank of France to handle governmental funds and issue money He created a long-lasting system of secondary schools tied to the University of France, and actively supported scientific research Creating the Empire Emperor Napoleon Napoleon formally established France as an empire and then crowned himself emperor Need for Conquests War and Conquest

22 Napoleon Bonaparte The Impact Overseas Battle of Trafalgar
Nelson annihilated the combined French and Spanish fleets off Cape Trafalgar Military Strengths His success stemmed from his independent units that could move quickly and then join in a mass attack The Continental System Preventing the importation of British goods into continental Europe The New European Order The Impact Overseas


24 Napoleon Bonaparte Decline and Fall Revolt in Latin America
By 1810, many Spanish colonists were in revolt England’s Overseas Expansion Sea power enabled it to capture and take over French and Dutch colonies in Africa, Asia, and America Adopting the Napoleonic Code Some of the ideals of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution would be translated to many areas around the globe Decline and Fall Flawed Policies The Continental System was not working well enough


26 Napoleon Bonaparte Growing Resistance Overextension Invasion of Russia
On May 3, 1808 unwilling subjects rose up against Joseph Bonaparte Overextension Napoleon overextended his imperial reach Invasion of Russia Napoleon decided to invade Russia The French army may have won the battle, but it failed to destroy Russia’s forces Of the original 600,000 who marched into Russia, fewer than 100,000 struggled home

27 Napoleon Bonaparte Defeat at Leipzig Waterloo
At Leipzig in October 1813, allied armies defeated Napoleon Napoleon escaped back to France Waterloo He was defeated in June 1815 by British and Prussian forces at Waterloo

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