For Further Discussion
Chapter 1 1. Neither Edmund Burke nor Thomas Paine was French. How do you think their interpretations of the events of the French Revolution were affected by their English upbringings? Explain your answer.
2. After reading the viewpoints outlining the demands of the French aristocrats, middle class, and peasants, which segment of society do you believe stood to benefit the most from a revolution? Explain your answer.
3. William Doyle evaluates several of the economic remedies suggested by Charles Alexander Calonne. Which of these solutions do you think would have best solved France’s financial troubles and why?
1. After reading the viewpoints from Louis de Flue and Keversau, how would you describe the behavior of the French crowd during the storming of the Bastille? Explain your answer.
2. The French Republic survived for only seven years, ending when Napoleon Bonaparte, who eventually named himself emperor of France, successfully overthrew the government in 1799. In light of these facts, do you agree with Maximilien Robespierre or Joseph de Maistre’s arguments on the historical importance of the founding of the French republic? Explain your answer.
3. Gwynne Lewis and François Furet disagree on the role played by the Jacobin leadership during the Reign of Terror. Whose argument do you find more convincing and why? Cite the texts when constructing your answer.
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