Ch. 7 Vocab Modern World History

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Old Regime

the social and political system of France; under this system, the people of France were divided into three large social classes, or estates

estate

one of the three social classes in France before the French Revolution

Louis XVI

husband of Marie Antoinette; bored with the affairs of the state and preferred doing physical activities instead; wanted to improve the lives of the common people, but failed to make decisions to make improvements

Marie Antoinette

wife of Louis XVI; pretty, but unpopular because of her spending and involvement in court affairs; spent hours playing cards

Estates-General

an assembly of representatives from all three of the estates, or social classes, in Frances

National Assembly

a French congress established by representatives of the Third Estate on June 17, 1789, to enact laws and reforms in the name of the French people

Tennis Court Oath

a pledge made by the members of France's National Assembly in 1789, in which they vowed to continue meeting until they had drawn up a new constitution

Great Fear

a wave of senseless panic that spread through the French countryside after the storming of the Bastille in 1789

Declaration of the Rights of Man

statement of revolutionary ideas adopted by the National Assembly, stated that "men are born and remain free and equal rights"

Legislative Assembly

a French congree with the power to create laws and approve declarations of war, established by the Constitution of 1791

Emigres

a person who leaves his native country for political reasons, like the nobles and others who fled France during the peasant uprisings of the French Revolution

sans-culottes

in the French Revolution, a radical roup made up of Parisian wage-earners and small shopkeepers who wanted a greater voice in government, lower prices, and an end to food shortages

Jacobins

a radical political organization

guillotine

a machine for beheading people, used as a means of execution during the French Revolution

First Coalition

the first major concerted effort of multiple European powers to contain Revolutionary France (1793-1797)

Committee of Public Safety

committee whose task was to protect the Revolution from its enemies

Reign of Terror

the period (1793-1794) when Maximilien Robespierre ruled France nearly as a dictator and thousands of political figures and ordinary citizens were executed

Napoleon Bonaparte

led a French army against the forces of Austria and the Kingdom of Sardinia; led expedition to Egypt

coup d'etat

a sudden seizure of political power in a nation

plebiscite

a direct voe in which a country's people have the opportunity to approve of reject a proposal

lycee

a government-run public school in France

concordat

a formal agreement - especially one between the pope and a government dealing with the control of Church affairs

Napoleonic Code

a comprehensive and uniform system of laws established for France by Napoleon

Louisana Territory

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Battle of Trafalgar

an 1805 naval battle in which Napoleon's forces were defeated by a British fleet

Maximilien Robespierre

he set out to build a French "republic of virtue"; his rule became known as the Reign of Terror

blockade

the use of troops or ships to prevent commercial traffic from entering and leaving a city or region

Continental System

Napoleon's policy of preventing trade between Great Britain and continental Europe; intended to destroy Great Britian's economy

War of 1812

two year war between...

guerrilla

a member of a loosely organized fighing force that makes surprise atacks on enemy troops occuying his or her country

Peninsular War

a conflict (1808-1813) in which Spanish rebels, with the aid of British forces, fought to drive out Napoleon's French troops

scorched-earth policy

the practice of burning crops and killing livestock during wartime so that the enemy cannot live off the land

Waterloo

the site of Napoleon's defeat by British and Prussian armies in 1815, which ended his last bid for power

Hundred Days

brief period during 1815 when Napoleon made his last bid for power, deposing the French king and queen and again becoming emperor of France

Congress of Vienna

a series of meetings in 1814-1815 during which he European leaders sought to establish long-lasting peace and security after the defeat of Napoleon

balance of power

a political situation in which no one nation is powerful enough to pose a threat to others

legitimacy

the hereditary right of a monarch to rule

Holy Alliance

a league of European nations formed by the leaders of Russia, Austria, and Prussia after the Congress of Vienna

Concert of Europe

a series of alliances that ensured the European nations would help one another if any revolutions broke out

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