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Unit Overview: How Enlightened was the French Revolution?

National Curriculum

For next step we recommend the unit: In what ways was Britain turned upside down in the seventeenth century?.

Lessons:

4 lessons

The Ancien Regime

In this lesson, we will look at what France was like just before it experienced a revolution in 1789. We will learn how the French King faced a crisis which was caused by a mixture of social changes, Enlightenment ideas and the consequences of the American War of Independence.

  • 1 Quiz
  • 23m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
  • Transcript

The 1789 Revolution

In this lesson, we will learn how the crisis Louis XVI faced turned into a revolution. We will find out about why 1789 has gone down as one of the most important years in history. We will also be looking for evidence of Enlightenment ideas in the key events and documents produced.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 27m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
  • Transcript

The Reign of Terror

In this lesson, we will learn about how the French Revolution became a bloodbath. We will learn how the hope and joy of 1789 was put at risk by foreign invasion and enemies within. We will see how, in this atmosphere, the French Revolutionaries turned on each other and thousands were executed.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 29m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
  • Transcript