[Surfnetkids: 26 Aug 2009] French Revolution

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#3. French Revolution

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The French Revolution (1789 – 1799) was a period of political and social upheaval when the people of France brought down the monarchy and strengthened the middle class. The revolution ended when the popular French general, Napoleon Bonaparte, took power as emperor and France became a republic.

Fact Monster: French Revolution
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Fact Monster offers a hyperlinked history of the French Revolution, reprinted from the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. “Historians disagree in evaluating the factors that brought about the Revolution. To some extent at least, it came not because France was backward, but because the country’s economic and intellectual development was not matched by social and political change.” Related articles, such as Bastille Day and a summary of the French Revolution for younger students, are listed at the bottom of the page.

Liberty, Equality, Faternity: Exploring the French Revolution
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Created in collaboration with George Mason University, City University of New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this site archives more than 600 primary documents, and unites them with a timeline, a glossary and maps. Chapters are listed under Explore, but browsing and searching are two alternative ways to navigate the site. Some of the unique content here includes thirteen songs that “document the changing musical landscape of France in the revolutionary era” and the 330 translated primary text documents such as the 1786 Memorandum to Her Majesty the Queen Concerning the Diamond Necklace Affair.

Mr. Dowling: The French Revolution
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Florida middle-school teacher Mr. Dowling explains the causes of the French Revolution in simple terms in this one-page summary. “Louis [XVI, King of France] needed help in 1789. The nation had endured a long, hard winter and most of the crops were lost. The treasury was bankrupt after supporting America in their revolution. Louis had to raise money. He could not tax the peasants, because they had no money, so he had to tax the aristocrats and the middle class.”

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