The Fall of Versailles and the Declaration of the Rights of Man take the stage in this article. The revolution is more right than wrong in these heady, early days before everything gets real, real dark.
Here we go! The French Revolution moves from politics to violence with one of the most famous days in history.
This article explores the events of July 12th to the 14th, when the people of Paris rose up in arms against what they perceived as royal tyranny and a potential massacre. Many of the key places from that day remain today.
A little change in plans - starting this week I'm jumping back in time to 1789 and the Storming of the Bastille. I'll then continue with the series moving forward in time from there.
I wrote up a short explanation of why and I've laid out my plans for the next ten articles, including preview pics.
Napoleon's reign only lasted fifteen years, much of it dominated by costly wars. Yet in the short time he ruled, he changed the face of Paris forever. Come explore the Imperial legacy that set the stage for modern Paris.
Napoleon Bonaparte rose to power thanks to the French Revolution, but failed to learn one of the revolution's most important lessons: blood ties is a terrible way to pick kings. Napoleon doled out crowns to almost all of his many brothers and sisters. This article describes what went wrong and puts them into context of the palaces Napoleon lived in throughout his reign as Consul and then Emperor.
Why do we commemorate the Battle of Waterloo? What's all the fuss about? Why won't France let Belgium issue special coins in honor of the battle. Find out the answers to these and other questions in Why Waterloo?
That picture right there? That's not Paris. It's Florida. Read about my journey to the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow and discover what Disney does when they decide to reenact France. There's very little Revolution or Empire to be found, but it's a fascinating and delicious trip through time.
What's going on here? I wrote a whole piece about what this project is and what I'm up to. I will be using the Atavist software platform to publish each article. I will link to every piece from this site.