The French Revolution was so tumultuous that one of the few constants was change. Remember the pendulum from last week? The incredible intensity of its swings led to numerous “defining moments” that were sometimes antithetical to the moments/events that preceded them. Add the length of the Revolution (which, depending on who you ask, lasted anywhere from 10 years to several centuries) and choosing the defining moment may seem impossible.
Luckily for you, we are only considering three events today. You will decide which moment deserves the title of DEER, or Defining Event of the Early Revolution (just in case you didn’t figure it out, I made that up). Your options are:
- the Tennis Court Oath/establishment of the National Assembly
- the Storming of the Bastille
- the Women’s March on Versailles
What you need to do:
- Find out what you can about each event. Your text has useful bits about each event, but you can certainly use other sources, too.
- You need to write a basic description of each event in your notes (point form will do, but make sure you give yourself enough to work with)
- Create a short argument which explains/defends your choice for DEER.