French Revolution topics




The following pages contain informative but concise summaries of key French Revolution topics. All pages have been written by Alpha History authors. These topic pages are being updated in 2015; updates will be announced on Alpha History’s Twitter feed. If you would like to submit or suggest a topic article, please contact Alpha History.



The ancien regime
The First Estate
The Second Estate
The Third Estate
Seigneurialism
Royal government

The age of expectation
The Enlightenment
The philosophes
The salons
Libelles and political pornography
The diamond necklace affair
Revolutionary ideas
The American Revolution

Deficit and deceit
Imperial wars
Taxation
Necker and Le Compte Rendu
Harvest failures
The Assembly of Notables
The parlements
The Reveillon riots



The end of the old order
What is the Third Estate?
The cahiers de doleance
The Estates General
The Tennis Court Oath
The Paris insurrection
The fall of the Bastille
The National Guard
The Paris Commune
The Great Fear

Hope, idealism and promise
August 4th and the August Decrees
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen
The October March on Versailles
Remaking France
The Civil Constitution of the Clergy
Le Chapelier Law

The Revolution betrayed
The flight to Varennes
The Champ de Mars massacre
Slave revolts in the French colonies
The Constitution of 1791
The political clubs
The Legislative Assembly
The émigrés
A revolutionary war



The rise of radicalism
The attack on the Tuileries
The Vendée uprising
The September massacres
The National Convention
The trial and execution of Louis XVI
The Girondins and Montagnards
The sans culottes
Revolutionary culture

The Terror unfurled
The revolutionary tribunals
The Committee of Public Safety
The Reign of Terror
The Law of the Maximum
The Cult of the Supreme Being

From Thermidor to Napoleon
The fall of Robespierre COMING SOON
The Thermidorian reaction
From Convention to Directory COMING SOON
The rise of Napoleon COMING SOON


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