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  • French Revolution - LearningSpace - OpenLearn - The Open University - This unit provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It will show that the Revolution accelerated intellectual, cultural and psychological change, and opened up new horizons and possibilities. In fact, while much controversy and skepticism remain as to the real extent of underlying change in the social and economic structure of France, it is generally agreed by scholars that the Revolution stimulated a widening of expectations and imaginative awareness: a belief, inherited from the Enlightenment, in the possibility of progress, as well as a conviction that state and society could be reconstituted with a view to realizing social and individual aspirations and human happiness generally. As it degenerated into violence and bloodshed, however, the Revolution also provoked skepticism and pessimism about progress and human nature. The two basic types of modern political outlook, progressive and conservative, date from this experience. Which, if any, of these sets of beliefs was true is not at issue here. What matters is that the Revolution gave rise to them and gave them lasting life
  • The Origins of the French Revolution - The outbreak of the French Revolution in the summer of 1789 stirred the imagination of nearly all Europeans. The French revolutionaries - that is, those men and women who made conscious choices - sensed in their hearts and minds that they were witnessing the birth of a new age
  • History of France - Trace France's fascinating history as an emerging world power, from before the Roman Empire's expansion, through the dynasties of the French monarchy, Revolution, Empire, to the present-day Republic
  • France - History, Geography, Government, and Culture — Infoplease.com
  • History of FRANCE - including Cave-dwellers, Neolithic villages, Arrival of the Celts, Marseilles and the Romans, Caesar's years in Gaul, The Gallic War, Roman Gaul

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