- Revolutionary Tradition and Les Mis
- --The Monarchy
of the Bastille
- -- Fall of Robespierre
in Les Miserables
Names and Games
The war that France
began in 1792 would continue until 1815 and cost Europe millions
of lives. From 1792 until 1799, France had almost continuos military
success. After the Fall
a new governing body called the Directory replaced the Convention.
This institution was corrupt and lacked real leadership, but
despite the divisions at home, France was conquering countries
throughout Europe and Northern Africa.
The Battle of Pyramids, 21 July 1798
The most successful of
these generals was Napoleon
Bonaparte. He was
victorious against the Austrians, Prussians, and Italians. He
also led French troops across the Mediterranean Sea into Egypt,
although this mission was not as sucessful as his European campaigns.
His most successful battle was Austerlitz, where his skilll as
a tactician allowed him to defeat Russian and Austrian troops
simultaneously. The day of the battle, December 2, 1805 became
known as the "sun of Austerlitz" because the day was
cloudless, but also because the victory was synonymous with the
paek of Napoleon's fortunes. His many victories made him a popular
figure in France and paved the way for his eventual dictatorship,
which ended the Revolution begun in 1789.
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about Napoleon's rise to power in France click here