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La Révolution Française: An Introduction to The French Revolution

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The French Revolution was a monumental moment in history. You are a French peasant, relying on your harvest to survive. The harvest has failed for the last few years, and you are slowly starving. Harvests are failing nationwide, and the country’s money has been invested in expensive wars abroad. France couldn’t afford to feed you, even if she wanted to. But you have heard about the privileges enjoyed by a complacent and spoilt aristocracy, and an increasingly bloated and prescriptive clergy. Everybody is angry. Change is in the air, and something has to give.

In simple terms, that is the start of The French Revolution. People were poor, hungry and furious. In 1789, Louis XVI called a meeting of the estates of the realm, Les États-Généraux, to ask for their suggestions for improving France’s financial situation. Instead, they formed an independent national assembly, and kicked off ten years of revolution which stormed the Bastille, abolished the monarchy, and established a free, democratic French republic.

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In which John Green examines the French Revolution, and gets into how and why it differed from the American Revolution. Was it the serial authoritarian regimes? The guillotine? The Reign of Terror? All of this and more contributed to the French Revolution not being quite as revolutionary as it could have been. France endured multiple constitutions, the heads of heads of state literally rolled, and then they ended up with a megalomaniacal little emperor by the name of Napoleon. But how did all of this change the world, and how did it lead to other, more successful revolutions around the world? Watch this video and find out. Spoiler alert: Marie Antoinette never said, "Let them eat cake." Sorry. Crash Course World History is now available on DVD! http://dftba.com/product/1688 Follow us! @thecrashcourse @realjohngreen @raoulmeyer @crashcoursestan @saysdanica @thoughtbubbler Like us! ‪http://www.facebook.com/youtubecrashcourse Follow us again! ‪http://thecrashcourse.tumblr.com Crash Course goods are available now: http://dftba.com/artist/46/CrashCourse Thermidor (which is this month) is Revolutions month on Crash Course! The American Revolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlUiSBXQHCw Coming soon: #30 - Haitian Revolution #31 - Latin American Revolutions #32 - Industrial Revolution Support CrashCourse on Subbable: http://subbable.com/crashcourse
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Jacques-Louis David, The Oath of the Horatii, oil on canvas, 3.3 x 425m, commissioned by Louis XVI, painted in Rome, exhibited at the salon of 1785 (Musée du Louvre) More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=Mawq5PKRB6k Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris For more about this painting and more art history videos, visit smarthistory.org
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Marie Antoinette was born in 1755 in Austria and helped provoke the French Revolution. She became a symbol of the excesses of the kingdom and is credited with the quote, "Let them eat cake." Subscribe for more Mini Bios: http://bit.ly/1avbyjK Watch the Royalty play list on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRlmwKnv77HpBW0n9DnWth0hMhFKjcoNH From pianists to presidents, learn it all in our Mini Bios playlist: http://bit.ly/1dM6ts3 Check out more bios and full episodes: http://bit.ly/1ebOUOC Like the official Biography Channel Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1g3yj3U Follow Biography Channel on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1ar0RNv Check out exclusive content on Google : http://bit.ly/163BpLz Don't miss out on great merchandise: http://bit.ly/GIrftp Biography bio.® believes that the truth is more entertaining than fiction. True stories matter more to us because they happen to real people. We dig deep to find the most gripping, surprising and amazing stories. Whether it's a biopic, documentary, talk show or non-fiction series, BIO. delivers an honest portrayal of stories that will leave you amazed. BIO. True Story.™
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Complete video available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/03/15/Revolutionary_War_Lecture_IV_Louis_XVI Dr. Julia Osman, Professor of History at Mississippi State University, retells the events that led up to the downfall of King Louis XVI. ---- Julia Osman, Professor of History at Mississippi State University and the Society's 2008 Tyree-Lamb Fellow, discusses what it meant for officers of the French army to take part in the American struggle for independence and to become members of the Society of the Cincinnati. Dr. Osman also addresses the connection between the American Revolution and the French Revolution of 1789.
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Jacques-Louis David, The Intervention of the Sabine Women, 1799, Oil on canvas, 12 feet, 8 inches x 17 feet and 3/4 of an inch or 3.85 x 5.22 m (Musée du Louvre, Paris) More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=ovOKjwLE4qA Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker
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French Revolution (part 1)

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Part 1 of the French Revolution. From the Convocation of the Estates General to the storming of the Bastille
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French Revolution (part 2)

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Royals try to escape. Champ De Mars Massacre. Declaration of Pillnitz. Movement towards becoming a Republic.