The French Revolution

France at War
Revolutionary Tradition and Les Mis
Revolution 1789
--The Monarchy
--Tennis Court Oath
--Fall of the Bastille
--October Days
--Declaration of War
--Palace Invaded
--Louis XVI
--Reign of Terror
-- Fall of Robespierre
--At war
1789 in Les Miserables
--The Terror
--The People
--The Students
--The Monarchy
--Place de Concord
--Notre Dame
Daily Sites
--Street Names
--Children's Names and Games
Works Consulted


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 of Robespierre, 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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