The French Revolution: Crash Course World History #29

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In which John Green examines the French Revolution, and gets into how and why it differed from the American Revolution. Was it the serial authoritarian regimes? The guillotine? The Reign of Terror? All of this and more contributed to the French Revolution not being quite as revolutionary as it could have been. France endured multiple constitutions, the heads of heads of state literally rolled, and then they ended up with a megalomaniacal little emperor by the name of Napoleon. But how did all of this change the world, and how did it lead to other, more successful revolutions around the world? Watch this video and find out. Spoiler alert: Marie Antoinette never said, “Let them eat cake.” Sorry.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. i´m literally watching this as im doing my exams in French history, translating this is hopefully gonna keep me from getting caught copying literally every word he says:)

  2. 8:00 That's not Robespierre being guillotined. It's Couthon. Robespierre is the one who is holding a handkerchief on the left

  3. Shoutout at 5:24 to the Alot from from Hyperbole & a Half's awesome comic "Alot is better than you at everything"

  4. All these comments about how fast he is speaking and i am here, being an indian(although that doesn't mean we r not gud at eng…it's nearly our mother tongue) am wondering why i can understand him ok in normal speed….
    Also..does no one appreciate the point that he is 'the' John Green??!!!

  5. The revolution happened in 1800, but tennis was invented in 1873. How did they meet in an indoor tennis room if tennis didn't exist yet????

  6. I just realized that this John Green is the same John Green who wrote 'The Fault in Our Stars'. My life is a lie.

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