French Revolution and Enlightenment
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French Revolution and Enlightenment

Test your knowledge on the causes and key events of the French Revolution, as well as the key figures of the French Enlightenment.

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What was a major cause of the French Revolution?

The financial crisis and burden of taxation on common people

Which Enlightenment thinker is known for his social contract theory?

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

What event marked the beginning of the French Revolution?

The Storming of the Bastille

Who unified Francia during the Medieval period?

<p>Charlemagne</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was a notable consequence of Napoleon's Continental System?

<p>The British economy was severely impacted</p> Signup and view all the answers

Who was a prominent patron of the arts during the Renaissance?

<p>Francis I</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was a significant event during the Hundred Years' War?

<p>The Battle of Agincourt</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was a key idea of the French Enlightenment?

<p>The critique of absolute monarchy and feudalism</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the outcome of the Napoleonic Wars?

<p>Napoleon was exiled to Saint Helena</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which Renaissance humanist edited the Encyclopédie?

<p>Denis Diderot</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

French Revolution (1789-1799)

  • Caused by:
    • Financial crisis and burden of taxation on common people
    • Inequality and privilege of the nobility and clergy
  • Key events:
    • Storming of the Bastille (July 14, 1789)
    • Adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (August 1789)
    • Reign of Terror (1793-1794) and execution of King Louis XVI
    • Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte and coup d'état (1799)

French Enlightenment (17th-18th centuries)

  • Key figures:
    • René Descartes (father of modern philosophy)
    • Voltaire (advocate for reason and tolerance)
    • Jean-Jacques Rousseau (social contract theory)
    • Denis Diderot (editor of the Encyclopédie)
  • Ideas:
    • Reason and individualism vs. tradition and authority
    • Critique of absolute monarchy and feudalism
    • Emphasis on education, science, and progress

Medieval France (5th-15th centuries)

  • Key events:
    • Fall of the Western Roman Empire (5th century)
    • Rise of feudalism and chivalry
    • Hundred Years' War with England (1337-1453)
    • Crusades and the Catholic Church's influence
  • Notable figures:
    • Charlemagne (unifier of Francia)
    • William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy and King of England)

Napoleonic Era (1799-1815)

  • Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte:
    • Coup d'état (1799) and establishment of the Consulate
    • Coronation as Emperor (1804)
    • Military conquests and reorganization of Europe
  • Key events:
    • Continental System and British blockade
    • Peninsular War and Russian Campaign
    • Defeat at Waterloo (1815) and exile to Saint Helena

Renaissance France (15th-17th centuries)

  • Cultural and artistic developments:
    • Humanism and classical influences
    • Architecture, art, and literature (e.g., François Rabelais)
  • Key figures:
    • Francis I (king and patron of the arts)
    • Catherine de' Medici (queen and patron of the arts)
  • Notable events:
    • Italian Wars (1494-1559) and French involvement
    • St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre (1572) and the French Wars of Religion

French Revolution (1789-1799)

  • Financial crisis led to burden of taxation on common people, causing widespread discontent
  • Nobility and clergy held excessive power and privilege, leading to social and economic inequality
  • Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, marked the beginning of the Revolution
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted in August 1789, establishing principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity
  • Reign of Terror from 1793-1794 led to the execution of King Louis XVI and thousands of others
  • Napoleon Bonaparte rose to power, eventually staging a coup d'état in 1799 and ending the Revolution

French Enlightenment (17th-18th centuries)

  • René Descartes, father of modern philosophy, emphasized reason and individualism
  • Voltaire advocated for reason, tolerance, and criticism of absolute monarchy
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau developed social contract theory, arguing that government derives power from the people
  • Denis Diderot edited the Encyclopédie, a comprehensive compilation of knowledge and ideas
  • Enlightenment thinkers emphasized education, science, and progress, challenging traditional authority and feudalism

Medieval France (5th-15th centuries)

  • Fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century led to a period of instability and fragmentation
  • Feudalism and chivalry emerged, with lords and vassals holding power and land
  • Hundred Years' War with England lasted from 1337-1453, with significant impact on French society and economy
  • Crusades and the Catholic Church played a significant role in shaping medieval French politics and culture
  • Charlemagne unified Francia, establishing a powerful and centralized state
  • William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England, shaped French and English history

Napoleonic Era (1799-1815)

  • Napoleon Bonaparte seized power in 1799, establishing the Consulate and eventually becoming Emperor in 1804
  • Military conquests and reorganization of Europe led to widespread French influence and control
  • Continental System and British blockade led to economic instability and conflict
  • Peninsular War and Russian Campaign were costly and disastrous for France
  • Defeat at Waterloo in 1815 led to Napoleon's exile to Saint Helena

Renaissance France (15th-17th centuries)

  • Humanism and classical influences shaped French culture and art
  • Architecture, art, and literature flourished, with notable figures like François Rabelais
  • Francis I and Catherine de' Medici were prominent patrons of the arts
  • Italian Wars from 1494-1559 led to French involvement and conflict in Italy
  • St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572 marked the beginning of the French Wars of Religion

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