The French Revolution


Tuesday, November 26, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room

Join us for week four 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 4: Bonapartism

The promise of the ideas of the Age of Reason/Enlightenment give way to dictatorship in the wake of revolutionary violence and a continental wide war. General Napoleon Bonaparte will become the dictator of France. Wielding Nationalism as a faith, he leads his minions to empire. Included will be an analysis of Napoleon’s rise to power and that phenomenon known as Bonapartism.

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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