Paper currenty, the French churcehs were used as collateral - the first Grench paper currency issued by the General Assembly.
Medieval fortress that was converted to a prison stormed by peasancts for ammunition during the early stages of the French Revolution.
Comfortable members of the 3rd estate. Basically middle class, wanted the privileges of the nobility and upper clergy.
Created by the National Convention, it was established after the French Revolution; day one was the first day of the French Republic.
Committee of Public Safety
Established and led by Robespierre, fixed bread prices and nationalized some businesses. Basically secret police and also controlled the war effor. Instigated the Reign of Terror.
Conspiracy of Equals
Led by "Gracchus" Babeuf, an attempt to renew violent rebellion after the Thermidore reaction, communistic in nature.
Form of government which followed the directory; established by Napoleon; ended when Napoleon was crowned emperor.
The third estate of the Estates General; broke from the Estates because they wanted the Estates to sit as a committee and not as segregated groups.
Declaration of the Rights of Man
Written by the National Convention; declared all men could do anything as long as it did not harm others.
Group fo five men who served as liaisons between Robespierre and the Assembly. Overthrown by Napoleon.
Collection of works compiled during the Enlightenment; explained many aspects of society.
Not called since 1614; finally called by Louis XVI at the advice of his financial minister; demanded control over the King's finances; he refused and dismissed them; sat as three segregated groups.
Followed the storming of the Bastille; people were scared of outlaws and reprisals; fanned flames of rebellion.
Created by Napoleon; kept watch over their own area of France; allowed Napoleon not to have to worry about petty problems.
King of France; executed for treason by the National Convention; absolute monarch; husband of Marie Antoinette
Member of the National Assembly; led the Mountains; began and led the Committee of Public Safety; began the Reign of Terror.
Petty laborers and laboring poor; wore pants not knee breeches; became a major political group in revolutionary France.
Tennis Court Oaths
Taken by the National Assembly; stated that they would not disband until they had made a new constitution. Met here because they were unable to go to their meeting place.
A reaction against the violence of the Reign of Terror. Robespierre was executed.
Wrote "Vindication of the Rights of Man" and "A Vindication of the Rights of Women".
1806-issued by Napoleon; instituted the Continental System, in the response to British blockade of commercial ports under French control.
Napoleon's brother, made king of Spain but unable to control the Spanish which led to the costly Peninsula War.
Confederation of the Rhine
League of German States organized by Napoleon in 1813 after defeating the Austrians at Austerlitz. The league colapsed after Napoleon's defeat in Russia.
(1806-12) French economic plan to cripple Britain. Russia's refusal to conform led to the Russian campaign.
The Grand Army
Combined French armies under Napoleon. Virtually destroyed during Napoleon's ill-fated Russian camapgn.
(1814-1824) tried to issue a Constitutional Charter which accepted many revolutionary changes and guaranteed civil liberties.
Passed by Napoleon. Took away many of the rights gained by women, aimed as reestablishing the "family monarchy". Modified after Napoleon's defeat.
France was forces to invade Spain after the failure of Joseph Bonaparte. Very costly for Napoleon. The Duke of Wellington helped the Spanish.
Founded by one of Napoleon's officers during the Egyptian campaign. Allowed people to decipher hieroglyphics.
French representative at the Congress of Vienna and limited the demands of other countries upon the French.
(October 1805) Britain's Admiral Nelson destroyed the combined French and Spanish navies. Nelson was killed by invasion of Britain now became impossible.
Austrian foreign minister who basically controlled the Congress of Vienna. Wanted to promote peace, conservatism, and the repression of libaral nationalism throughout Europe.