French Revolution

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The Revolution

Today in class we focused on chapter 16. In chapter 16 we that when the French Third Estate moved to gain more rights and political power, it had sparked a revolution that changed both France and Europe. The middle class and peasantry benefited from the initial period of the revolution, the French urban population led the country toward an establishment of a republic. The French society suffered a great deal of oppression known as the Terror. A ruthless soldier, by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte, took advantage of the opportunities opened by the revolution. He then created an empire with himself at the head. The influence of the revolution and its ideals had spread far beyond French borders and as a result of the revolution. Napoleon's military had gone on many conquests. The French Revolution left several legacies, of which the most important were the notions that revolution could topple any government and that a charismatic leader could seize

power. Both of these ideas would influence future French revolutions.

The new Britain

July 24, 2006

Today in class we discuss the industrial revolution of 1780-1850 and how it transformed the economic and social life in Britain. Industrialization had started because Britain enjoyed the many advantages over the rest of Europe and had already undergone an agricultural revolution. During the Industrial Revolution era, new machines and the expansion of factories changed the traditional economy, mainly based on agriculture and handicrafts that was made. Movements of population spread as industrial cities and towns became more up to date in the country. The industrial wealth translated into Britain's greater power in relations with both European neighbors and non-European societies. Industrialization made the health and living conditions bad in the new cities, especially for the poor, work-related injuries went up and disease spread. The industrialization changed the tradition within the family life and also changed the image of the family as an economic unit. Workers organized unions and thought of themselves as a class in ways they had not.

French and Industrial Revolution

July 25, 2006

Today in class we talked about the political and social changes brought by the French Revolution and Industrial Revolution. The powers of the European conservatism tried to hold them back. Austria, Prussia, and Russia were especially intent on preserving monarchies and political power in the hands of the traditional ruling class.

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