#152: The French Revolution

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It is the most famous revolution in Europe and saw the continent's most populous country execute its monarch and restructure its society.

From guillotines to out of touch queens, the French Revolution is the story of how France became the country of "liberté, égalité, and fraternité".

  • French society before the revolution
  • Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette
  • Raising taxes & The Estates General
  • The impact of Enlightenment ideas on France
  • Being "intoxicated with liberty and enthusiasm"
  • The storming of The Bastille
  • Declaration of The Rights of Man and The Citizen
  • Robespierre
  • Louis XVI trying to escape
  • War with Austria
  • The abolition of the French monarch & execution of Louis XVI
  • Marie Antoinette & "Let them eat cake"
  • The Reign of Terror
  • The arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte and the end of the revolution
  • Impact of The French Revolution on France
  • Impact of The French Revolution on the world
  • A tale of two French families and their reactions on Bastille Day

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/french-revolution

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