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Year 9 History - Unit 6 - The French Revolution - Causes

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Introducing the French Revolution and understanding the legacy: Why is the French Revolution an important event to study?  (Individual) Read Brooman (82-93) select five long-term consequences of the revolution and explain them (Group) 

Begin the group website by each researching the importance of the following concepts and their relationship to the French Revolution: nationalism, liberalism, egalitarianism, rationalism and revolution. At this stage you also need to have started the planning and structuring of your website.

Brooman Revolution in France Chapter 5

Group website planning sheets

Group websites from previous years

What were the long-term causes of the French Revolution? (Group) Research and write five new pages for your group website: long-term causes index with links (not in shared borders) to political causes, economic causes, social causes and cultural causes.  Brooman - Political causes (15-18) - abuse of power e.g. sealed letters and Marie Antoinette. Economic causes (8-12) poverty and taxation. Social causes (4-8, 10-11) - three estates and rights and privileges. Cultural causes (12-14) - philosophes and Jean Calas of Toulouse.
How important were economic causes of the French Revolution? Individual Essay As above. See examples from Rachelle (well organised and concise) 
What were the short-term causes of the French Revolution? (Group) Research and write a section of your website on the short-term causes of the revolution. These causes begin with freak weather which caused the poor harvest in the summer 1788. Other causes that need to be included: unemployment, reform of the Estates General, complaints list and the Tennis Court Oath. Brooman 21-25