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History Alive French Revolution Part I


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Part I of a French Revolution presentation based on History Alive

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History Alive French Revolution Part I

  1. 1. The French Revolution <ul><li>Background & Origins </li></ul>
  2. 2. The Palace of Versailles: King Louis XIV’s Palace
  3. 15. King Louis XIV of France
  4. 16. King Louis XVI of France
  5. 17. Write This! <ul><li>Conditions in France before the revolution. </li></ul>
  6. 18. The Ancien Regime (The Old Rule of the King) <ul><li>French society was broken up into three estates </li></ul><ul><li>1 st & 2 nd = 500,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd = 2.5 million people </li></ul><ul><li>Society was based on tradition and in equalities that were enforced by law. </li></ul>
  7. 21. The Three Estates in France <ul><li>Estate = Social class in France </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Estate = Priests & Clergy </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Estate = Nobility (rich), owned land, paid no taxes, collected taxes from the 3 rd estate. </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd Estate = 98 % of population, middle class, peasants, urban workers. Some had wealth, but they had no status in French society. </li></ul>
  8. 22. So why did the French Revolution happen? <ul><li>Influence of ideas from the Enlightenment </li></ul><ul><li>(equality, natural rights, overthrowing the government) </li></ul><ul><li>Influence of the American Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>(if colonists can break away from Britain, why can’t the 3 rd estate change France?) </li></ul>