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VCE History Units 3 & 4: Revolutions: Websites - French Revolution

A resource guide to support VCE History Units 3 and 4: Revolutions

French Revolution - Alpha History

Third estate artwork

Taxation as a cause of revolution.

The Third Estate carrying the Clergy and the Nobility on its back.

"Comprehensive textbook-quality resource for studying events in France in the late 1700s. It contains more than 500 different primary and secondary sources, including detailed topic summariesdocuments and graphic representations ... reference material such as maps and concept mapstimelinesglossaries, a ‘who’s who’ and information on historiography and historians ... quizzescrosswords and wordsearches."

The French Revolution - Summaries

Robespierre and the Reign of Terror

History of the Revolution Through 7 Severed Heads - BBC History article

French Revolution - OpenLearn

This is a complete, open course package from The Open University on the French Revolution.

It is an excellent resource for understanding the events of the French Revolution and its significance in the shift in European culture from Enlightenment to Romanticism. Its information is nicely "chunked" and there are links to period documents and artworks that inform an analyse of the period.

It includes the sections: Enlightenment, liberty and revolution; Death of the old regime; From 1789 to the flight of Varennes; Europe and the French Revolution; Enlightenment, universalism and revolution; and, The Thermidorian Settlement and the end of the revolution. 

A Narrative History of the French Revolution -

Portrait of Louis XVI

Louis XVI

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution

Calling of the Estates-General 1789

Artwork - Estates-General

Couder, Auguste, 1839. Opening session of the General Assembly, 5 May 1789. Painting, Palace of Versailles.

Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, 1789

Declaration artwork by Le Barbier

Le Barbier, Jean-Jacques-Francois, 1789. Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen. Painting, Musee Carnavalet, Paris.