Unit 4 World History
The Storming of the Bastille. This became the moment that many historians claim to be the start of the French Revolution. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)
This chapter covers the first two major revolutions of this era and how they were connected to the developments of the enlightenment. A brief overview of important enlightenment thinkers and their beliefs is followed by an introduction to the American Revolution. It is important to note that the section on the American Revolution is taken mostly from a world history perspective instead of the kind you may get in a US history class. We focus mainly on the aspects of the Revolution and aftermath that have profound effect on later changes in thought around the globe, and the help given by other countries to the war effort in the US. After that there is a long and in depth explanation of both the French Revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon. The extreme focus on this revolution as opposed to the American version should not be seen by students as a reflection of what is more important, but simply a reflection of the course scope that leaves out US history, except when it is in connection with other countries.
- Why is the concept of the “Social Contract” such a revolutionary idea in history? Were some interpretations of it more positive than others?
- Would you call the Marquis de Lafayette a hero, as Americans tend to, or an important but ineffectual leader, as he is often considered in France? Why or why not?
- Would you consider the overall legacy of Napoleon as a positive one when also considering morality and not just his military prowess? Why or why not?
- Which of the revolutions covered in this chapter are the more important to world history? Explain your decision in detail.
- What were the causes and effects of the French Revolution to world history?
English Roots Of The Enlightenment
Later Changes In The Enlightenment
The Enlightenment Loses Steam
France Prior To The Revolution
An Important Royal Marriage
The Rise Of The National Assembly
The Storming Of The Bastille
Women's March On Versailles
The Women's March Gets Voilent
Attack On The Church
The End Of The Monarchy
The September Massacres
Military Improvements & The Economy
The Reign Of Terror
Marquis de Lafayette During The French Revolution
The Rise Of Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon's 1st Italian Campaign
Napoleon's Egyptian (& Syrian) Expedition
Napoleon's Changes In Egypt
The French Attack On Syria
The Siege Of Acre
The Start Of The Consuate
The 2nd Coalition & 2nd Italian Campaign
The Rise Of The Empire
The Government Under The Empire
The Battle Of Trafalgar
The Battle Of Austerlitz
The 4th Coalition
The End Of The 4th Coalition
Guerrilla War In Spain
The 5th Coalition
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