The French Revolution

The Fall of the Directory
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

 Napoleon I, crowns his wife the Empress of France,1802. Painting by David to commemorate the event, 1804.

By the late 1790s the Directory, France's governing body, relied almost entirely on the military to maintain its power. This reliance led to the coup d'état that occurred in 1799.

After the coup d'état, a new form of the Republic was declared in France, and executive power was given to three consuls. Napoleon Bonaparte was declared First Consul, and possessed most of the power in government. Napoleon quickly took advantage of his situation and named himself First Counsul for Life in 1802. In 1804, France again became a monarchy when Napoleon crowned himself the Emperor of France. The French Revolution, which had begun as a reaction against authoritarianism, ended under a regime far more tyrannical than that of Louis XVI.

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