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Jean le Rond D'Alembert

coeditor of the Encyclopedie

Assignats

Paper currency, the French churches were used as collateral -the first French paper currency issued by the General Assembly

Bastille

Medieval fortress that was converted to a prison stormed by peasants for ammunition during the early stages of the French Revolution

Bougeoisie

Comfortable members of the 3rd estate. Basically middle class, wanted the privileges of the nobility and upper clergy

Revolutionary Calendar

Created by the National Convention, it 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 effort. 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

Consulate

Form of government which followed the directory -established by Napoleon-ended when Napoleon was crowned emperor

National Convention

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

Danton

Led the Mountains with Robespierre-also executed with Robespierre

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