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Units 3/4 - Revolutions

French Revolution

French Revolution: Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
Site created by Paul Halsall, Fordham University. Last revised in 1999. Part of the Internet Modern History Sourcebook Project, designed as "collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use." Contents includes electronic transcriptions and weblinks relating to: The French Revolution - lead up, Liberal and Radical Revolution; responses to the revolution; a section devoted to Napoleon and the Napoleonic wars. Includes eyewitness accounts, philosophical texts, and extracts from contemporary memoirs.
Each of the sections contain carefully selected primary texts or images relating to the theme.

SparkNotes: The French Revolution 1789-1799
Free student resource with an easy to navigate structure. Starts with a summary, places the Revolution in it's historical context, highlights the main terms, people and events and provides a timeline. The main events are then analysed : the Ancient Regime, financial crisis, eve of the revolution, estates general and national assembly, Bastille and Constitutional Monarchy, role of peasants and women, first stage of the revolution, war, second stage of the revolution, reign of terror, Thermidorean reaction, Directory, Napoleon and the end of the Revolution (1799). Concludes with a study questions, a test, and list for further reading.

Liberty, equality, fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution
One of the best sites on the French Revolution, authored by Lynn Hunt of UCLA and Jack Censer of George Mason University. The site itself is a collaboration of the Center for History and New Media (George Mason University) and the American Social History Project (City University of New York) supported by grants from the Florence Gould Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities
12 authoritative essays on important ideas or events during the Revolution (social causes, enlightenment and human rights, monarchy embattled, women, war, terror and resistance, the Napoleonic experience, songs, legacies of the Revolution). Also includes an extraordinary archive of some of the most important documentary evidence from the Revolution, including 338 texts, songs, 245 images, 13 maps, a timeline and a glossary of terms.

Freedom or Death: A Provocative Exploration of the French Revolution
A student site from Thinkquest. designed to elaborate on many aspects of the French Revolution. It covers why and how the Revolution occurred, how it was lived, celebrated, resisted, condemned, and suffered by men and women whose hopes and aspirations were hardly different from their 20th-century counterparts.

French revolution : a chronology
Chronology of events, with some interesting additional links to primary source documents and links to important figures in the Revolution.
The main chronology has some hyperlinks to additional information on events such as the fall of the Bastille, the Tennis Court Oath and the September massacres. This chronology is part of a wider project of plotting a "Web chronology Major World Events".

Brooklyn College Lecture Notes: The French Revolution
Excellent university-designed site offering a very good overview of the French Revolution. Includes an introduction to the topic, a large number of links to multimedia images and primary or secondary source documents. Created to support student at Brooklyn College with their history course, this site has lecture note style points covering topics from the causes of the revolution up until the death of Napoleon. Also includes a web exercise and discussion questions.

The History Guide: Lectures on Modern European Intellectual History
A series of three lectures
1. The origin of the French Revolution
2. The French Revolution: The Moderate Stage, 1789-1792
3.The French Revolution: The Radical Stage, 1792-1794
These pages have been created by Steven Kreis for the History Guide, a project aimed at undergraduate and high school students to "better prepare yourself for your history classes and to make your time in class more enjoyable and proficient." The three lectures above listed have excellent information on the periods in question, with images and additional links to many of the topics contained therein.

Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution
Carefully chosen selection of links relating to the Russian Revolution - general overviews, specific links to the February and October Revolutions, the civil war and after, key characters, political parties and movements, lessons and commentaries, and related links in Russian history.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution of 1917
Coursenotes from Professor Gerhard Rempel, Western New England College

The History Guide: Lectures on 20th Century History
Excellent lecture notes by Steven Kries for the History Guide. Lectures 5 & 6 serve as a narrative history of the Russian Revolution from February to October 1917.

History Guide - Russian Revolution Resources

Russia: From Revolution to Counter-Revolution
By Ted Wood.