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The French Revolution
1. What was the French Revolution? <ul><li>“ Revolution” has two definitions: </li></ul><ul><li>Drastic change </li></ul><...
1/4. The Bastille:  It started in 1789 when French peasants overran the Bastille prison in Paris
2/4. The Guillotine:  The King and Queen were publicly executed by guillotine   “ revolution” =“drastic change”
3/4. The Terror:  The new rulers then executed hundreds of the Kings’ supporters   –  and each other!
4/4. The Corsican:  Control of the country was then seized by Napoleon Bonaparte   “ revolution” = come “full circle”
2. Why do I need to study it?
1/3: Because it fought for values we still hold dear today <ul><li>“ Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” </li></ul><ul><li>The ...
2/3: Because it shows how ordinary people can make a difference <ul><li>Ancient dictatorship overthrown, democracy introdu...
3/3: Because we need to keep their revolutionary spirit alive: the fight for liberty, equality and fraternity still hasn’t...
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The French Revolution

  1. 1. The French Revolution
  2. 2. 1. What was the French Revolution? <ul><li>“ Revolution” has two definitions: </li></ul><ul><li>Drastic change </li></ul><ul><li>Things coming full circle </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1/4. The Bastille: It started in 1789 when French peasants overran the Bastille prison in Paris
  4. 4. 2/4. The Guillotine: The King and Queen were publicly executed by guillotine “ revolution” =“drastic change”
  5. 5. 3/4. The Terror: The new rulers then executed hundreds of the Kings’ supporters – and each other!
  6. 6. 4/4. The Corsican: Control of the country was then seized by Napoleon Bonaparte “ revolution” = come “full circle”
  7. 7. 2. Why do I need to study it?
  8. 8. 1/3: Because it fought for values we still hold dear today <ul><li>“ Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” </li></ul><ul><li>The ideas of liberty, racial / sexual equality and fraternity are all shown here </li></ul>
  9. 9. 2/3: Because it shows how ordinary people can make a difference <ul><li>Ancient dictatorship overthrown, democracy introduced </li></ul>
  10. 10. 3/3: Because we need to keep their revolutionary spirit alive: the fight for liberty, equality and fraternity still hasn’t been won! <ul><li>Chinese ruler in the 1970s was asked whether the French Revolution was a good thing. His reply: “It’s too soon to tell”. </li></ul><ul><li>1989: Student demonstrators are killed in Tiananmen Square, China. Chinese students lead the Bicentenary commemorations of the 1789 Revolution in Paris. </li></ul>

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