Revolutions History Unit Outline

Area of Study 1 – Revolutionary ideas, leaders, movements and events

French Revolution 1781 to August 4 1789 (Necker’s Compte Rendu to the 4th August 1789)

Outcome 1 – Completed by end of Week 7, Term 1

Evaluate the role of ideas, leaders, movements and events in the development of the revolution.

Task: Historiographical exercise

What is Historiography?
For our purposes, historiography is about how historians interpret the past. It examines the writing of history and the use of historical methods. When we talk about historiography we can also think of it as ‘problems of history’ – such as different sources saying different things, author interpretation, style, audience and bias.

Area of Study 1 Learning Plan Outline

Part 1


a: Course Outline

b: Revolutions in History

c: Introduction to France

Part 2

Political and Social France before the Revolution

a: The Kings Power and Authority and the Parelments

b: Public Perception of the King

c: Corporate Society and the Three Estates

Part 3

New Social Movements and Ideas

a: The Philosophes and The Enlightenment

b: The Impact of the Englightenment

c: The Rising Expectations of the Bourgeoisie

Part 4

Financial and Political Crisis

a: France’s Financial Problems

b: From Financial Crisis to Political Crisis

c: From Political Crisis to Revolution

Part 5

The Revolution Beings – major revolutionary events in 1789

a: The Tennis Court Oath

b: The Capture of the Bastille

c: The Peasants Revolt

d: The Women’s March

Part 6

Revolutionary Ideas, Movements and Leaders

a: Leaders – Lafayette, Mirabeau, Bailly, Sieyes

b: Ideas – Rights of Man, Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite

c: Movements – The Revolutionary Crowd

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