La Révolution Française: An Introduction to The French Revolution

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The French Revolution: Crash Course World History #29

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La Révolution Française: An Introduction to The French Revolution

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! Follow us! @thecrashcourse @realjohngreen @raoulmeyer @crashcoursestan @saysdanica @thoughtbubbler Like us! ‪ Follow us again! ‪ Crash Course goods are available now: Thermidor (which is this month) is Revolutions month on Crash Course! The American Revolution: Coming soon: #30 - Haitian Revolution #31 - Latin American Revolutions #32 - Industrial Revolution Support CrashCourse on Subbable:

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