This free, online textbook/course provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It will show that the Revolution accelerated intellectual, cultural and psychological change, and opened up new horizons and possibilities. Scholars generally agree that the Revolution stimulated a widening of expectations and imaginative awareness: a belief, inherited from the Enlightenment, in the possibility of progress, as well as a conviction that state and society could be actualize aspirations of human happiness and accomplishment. As it degenerated into violence and bloodshed, however, the Revolution also provoked pessimism about progress and human nature. The two basic types of modern political outlook, progressive and conservative, date from this experience.
Type of Material:
Older textbook for course
High School (AP) and university students
Browser, Adobe Acrobat
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Understand the role of the French Revolution in the history of political social movements. Appreciate the role of the French Revolution in the history of political social movements
Target Student Population:
High School, AP, Undergraduates
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Easy to negotiate. Easy to understand. No difficult computer skills needed.
Realizing that not all personalities and event can present, Suggest definitions for Girondins, Jacobins and Hébertists. Suggest mention of Pope Pius VI’s Encyclical Charitas - the official condemnation of the Civil Constitution. Pope Pius VI declared the new Constitution regarding the Clergy’s having to take an oath to the state heretical. Accordingly, a Priest who takes this oath vitiates church’s sacraments.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
1. Gives great background on the French Revolution.
2. Discusses the underlying causes of the revolution.
3. Students will come away with a wealth of Knowledge on the French Revolution
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
All links are operative. History follows chronology and there are conclusions for thought at the end.
Other Issues and Comments:
This material is an excellent online learning material.
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