The French Revolution (1789-1815)

by: Greg Pouquette, Tiana Travis, Shannon O'Hara

Causes of the French Revolution

(Symptoms Established)

The Enlightenment: introduced ideas for political and social reform that appealed to the common citizens such as popular sovereignty

Social conflict: conflict between the bourgeoisie (common people) and the aristocracy

Ineffective ruler: Louis XVI failed to act on dissidents; Economic hardships: especially from the agrarian crisis from 1788-1789


These causes are considered established symptoms because they served as ideas for the basis of the revolution.


Reaction to Governmental Actions

(Fever Rises)

Declaration of the Right's of Men and Citizens: Passed after raised taxes, declared all men equal

This is considered a "rising fever" because the declaration is the increased expression of disapproval of the government.


Robespierre Comes to Power

(Terror Sweeps)

Robespierre was one of the biggest perpetuators of the chaos known as the Reign of Terror following the rise of the common Frenchmen against their oppressive government, hence his aggressive calls to action against the French aristocracy.

This Reign of Terror connects to the "Terror Sweeps" in the anatomy of a revolution because it is a period in which an individual leader gains enough power to enact violent policies.


Napoleon Rises to Power

(Convalescence Reached)

Napeolan Bonaparte was apart of Stage 4 (convalescence  reached) because after King Louis XVI and Queen Maria Antonieta, power switched completely into the hands of The military conquest leader, Napolean. He spread influence through imposing practices such as ending feudalism, proclaiming equal rights, promoting religous tolerance and justifying government administration. He was able to reestablished and tame the revolution, preserving many elements and improving French power.   

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