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The French Revolution


Monday, November 11, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room

Join us for week three of a four part series on The French Revolution.

The Revolutionary Fervor unleashed by the colonists in North America seemed carried by the currents of the Atlantic to the bastion of Western Royalty . . . Europe. And in 1789, the Great French Revolution commenced.This series will explain this cataclysmic event that has changed the course of history. For like the American Revolution, the French was based on the ideas of the Age of Reason/Enlightenment put into action. And though the Napoleonic dictatorship was the result, the ideas so feared by European Royalty were not put back into the bottle and capped at the Congress of Vienna in 1815. They would fester and metastasize into a tsunami of change that would result in 1914.

Week 3: The Terror

The middle years of the Revolution. Fraught with the breakdown in parliamentary procedure, as the execution of King Louis XVI leaves a political void to be filled. Violence begets violence, as old institutions come under assault, including the Church, the target of de-Christianization. The Bourgeoisie, the emerging Working Class and Peasantry jockey for position . . . all helping to pave the way for Dictatorship.

About the Presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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