French Revolution (part 2) | World history | Khan Academy | Summary and Q&A

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TL;DR

The French Revolution in 1789 leads to chaos and unrest, with hunger and rumors causing the king and queen to attempt to escape before being captured and returned to Paris.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What events sparked the French Revolution in 1789?

The French Revolution was sparked by a fiscal crisis, famine, and hunger among the population, leading to protests and the storming of the Bastille.

Q: Why did the king and queen attempt to escape?

The king and queen attempted to escape due to growing paranoia and suspicion, fear of losing power, and concerns about their safety in Paris.

Q: How did the Flight to Varennes impact the tensions in France?

The failed escape attempt increased people's anger towards the king and queen, leading to a stronger push for a republic and increased distrust towards foreign powers.

Q: What role did foreign powers play in the French Revolution?

Foreign powers, such as Austria and Prussia, issued the Declaration of Pillnitz, expressing their disapproval of the revolution and their intention to bring the French monarchy back to power, which heightened fears and tensions in France.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Chaos breaks out in France as a result of the French Revolution in 1789, with hunger and rumors spreading about the king and queen's actions.

  • The National Assembly starts drafting a constitution, but the situation remains tense as counter insurgencies and nobility leaving the country heighten tensions.

  • The king and queen attempt to escape to the frontier areas, disguised as servants, but are spotted and brought back to Paris.

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