The French Revolution

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Cartoon Analysis

Travels in France by Arthur Young (excerpt), 1792. (Suggested excerpts from September 1788 and July 12, 1789).

The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle,(excerpt), 1837.

Marie Antoinette, letter to her mother, 1773.

Storming of the Bastille: A Parisian newspaper article, 1789.

This time justice is on the side of the fittest (translated), French Revolution Digital Archives, Stanford University.

The French Revolution: A Political History, vol. 1, by François­Alphonse Aulard (excerpts).

Execution of Louis XVI, London Times article.

The Death of Marie Antoinette by Edmund Burke, Modern History Sourcebook.

Engraving of Robespierre and the Guillotine

Justification of the Use of Terror by Maximilien Robespierre (additional text from The Modern History Sourcebook)

The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine  by Jacques-Louis David (the Louvre)

The Code Napoleon (exceprts - from The History Guide)

The Civil Code Index

The Spirit of Conquest and Usurpation by Benjamin Constant, leader of French Liberal Opposition to Napoleon, 1814.

Formative Perfomance Tasks Resources

Formative Performance Task 1
The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle (Project Gutenberg eBook)

Formative Performance Task 2
Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, 1789, from George Mason University

Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Citizen, 1791, from George Mason University 

I Foresaw it All: The Amazing Life and Oeuvre of Olympe de Gouges by Pauline Paul. Originally publishedin Die Zeit, 1989.

Formative Performance Task 3
Robespierre and the Terror by Dr. Marisa Linton - History Today. Vol. 56, Issue 8

The Terror in the French Revolution by Dr. Marisa Linton

Formative Performance Task 4
PBS Interactive website based on Napoleon and his leadership

Website maintained by Foundation Napoleon that promotes the study of his reign.