What to know about the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
- Be able to connect the ideas of the Enlightenment to the French Revolution
- Be able to describe the structure of the Estates General
- Be able to explain how a variety of factors contributed to the financial distress that led to the French Revolution
- Be able to trace the early events of the Revolution
- Be able to explain how developments in France led to wars with neighbors, how those wars changed, and the impact of those wars on both the attitudes and the map of Europe
- Be able to relate some of the fun tidbits surrounding the stories of Napoleon Bonaparte (origins, use of press, crowing, ruling philosophy, quotations, Russia campaign, Elba and 100 days, palindrome, death)
- Be able to describe the main ideas of Crane Brinton's Anatomy of a Revolution, including his main points about the downfall of the regime, the attributes of the rebels, the early moderate phase and its transition into the radical phase, and finally the reactionary (Thermidor) phase. Be able to apply some of his principles to current events.
Or - another way of saying it....
Curriculum Content and Skills
- Identify the philosophical, social, and economic causes of the French Revolution
- Describe the episodes of the French Revolution and apply Crane Brinton’s analysis of Revolution to historic and current revolutions
- Evaluate what causes revolutions to succeed or fail
- Identify tools for encouraging rebellion and nationalism (including press/arts)
- Trace the events of Napoleon’s rise to power and the Napoleonic wars
- Examine the impact of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars on the rest of Europe, including impact on media, literature, and the arts