What caused the French Revolution? - Tom Mullaney
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The Third Estate’s decision to break from the Estates-General was an enormously significant event on the path to revolution. Look at how it was depicted in art at the time. Art played a large role in the revolution. View the paintings of Jacques-Louis David who documented revolutionary events.
The revolution culminated with the rise of Napoleon. Consider arguments for and against Napoleon’s actions in this TED-Ed lesson.
The French Revolution continues to be a powerful moment in human history. Read this article that uses the revolution to describe the Republican party’s 2016 presidential primary. The author compares candidates to Robespierre and Napoléon. Do these revolutionary leaders help us understand modern politicians?
Lastly, Nick Hanauer argues we are living in a time where “the pitchforks are coming.” How does the inequality Hanauer describes compare to inequality in pre-revolutionary France?
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