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Louis XV and Lous XVI of France

By |2018-04-24T07:56:24+00:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Philippe II d'Orleans, regent for Louis XV When Louis XIV died in 1715 AD, his great-grandson Louis was only five years old. First his uncle Philippe, then his teacher Cardinal Fleury, ran the government. Both these men saw that more and more people in France were getting interested in Enlightenment ways of thinking. How should the Enlightenment [...]

French Revolution – History of France

By |2017-08-05T15:03:13+00:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

French women revolutionaries march on the king's palace at Versailles All through the 1700s, Enlightenment philosophers in France had been figuring out new ways of thinking about the world. Little by little they rejected religion and inherited power. They invented the idea that people should use logic and reason to make choices, that people - both [...]

Austria-Hungary in the 1800s

By |2018-04-08T21:33:41+00:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Leopold's son Francis II Leopold attacks France Joseph II of Austria died at 48 in 1790 AD, just before the French Revolution. His younger brother Leopold II took power. The new French government arrested their sister Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, and Leopold soon led Austria and Prussia into war with France. When Leopold died at [...]