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Year 12 - History - The French Revolution: Home

Units 3 and 4 - Causes & Consequences


Power to the People

'The French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte.

During this period, French citizens fought to change their country’s political landscape, uprooting centuries-old institutions, such as, absolute monarchy and the feudal system.

Like the American Revolution before it, the French Revolution was influenced by Enlightenment ideals, particularly the concepts of popular authority. Although it failed to achieve all of its goals and at times degenerated into a chaotic bloodbath, the movement played a critical role in shaping modern nations by showing the world the power of the people' (

The French Revolution is a turning point that has helped to define the modern world. The ideas that both inspired and emerged from the French Revolution had far-reaching consequences and significance for the contemporary world. 

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VCE History - Revolutions: Past Exams

Primary sources - French Revolution


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