Not seen one for this topic yet!
I feel so unprepared for this exam it's ridiculous. Like, if there is a question about "who was driving events, was it the sans-culottes etc?" during 1789-1794 I. will. DIE.
Anyone got any advice for this? How are you all feeling?
I struggled a bit with the first question about absolute monarchy, in the part of the army didn't quite know what to say. I focused more on the lack of cooperation of the privilege orders, basically arguing that if they approved the taxation reforms then the Estates General would not have to be summed (which gave power to the third state) and thereby the creation of the National Assembly, august decrees, DRMC which led to the collapse de facto of the absolute monarchy. Also talked about the economic crisis, bad harvest and the desire of the rich bourgeoisie to be involved in the politics/ruling of the country.. I hope that's ok...
Part B was quite good actually.. I did the Napoleon question. The sources were straightforward except from the last one which I found a bit tricky
I found this exam good! I did the Napoleon question on domestic reforms and the downfall of constitutional monarchy controversy. But I have a few questions.
1) I defined 'conservative' in the Napoleon question as 'not liberal and reactionary' ---> this is exactly what i wrote in my intro.
However, after the exam I looked up the definition of conversative and realised is means 'maintaining traditional valyes', so does this mean I have done it wrong?
My points were:
Economic reform wasn't conservative in intent because it promoted economic growth (new coinage, reorganisation of treasury etc.)
Evaluation: Continental system discouraged british Trade = Conservative
Relgious reform wasn't conservative in intent because it maintained some ideals of the revolution (religious toleration and sale of church land accepted)
Evaluation: Made himself a Saint and Pope signed the concordat whilst Rome was under French army occupation --> conservative because against freedom of speech.
Educational reform can be claimed as not conservative in intent because it was improved, increasing future prospects (eg. Lycees and Imperial Uni)
Evaluation: Most places given to sons of notables and there was a common syllabus = conservative in intent because no fully 'careers open to talent' and no room for variation in syllabus.
Repression was conservative in intent (newspapers reduced, theatres shut etc.) = Conservatvive because not freedom of speech
Evaluation: Architecture wasn't repressed because it was used to present a romantic image of Napoleon = not everything repressed so not wholly conservative
What do you guys think? Is this okay? I mean, I put LOADS of detail in and LOADS of evaluation. In class I always got Level 5 (above 25/30) but I am just worried about my definition. Any thoughts?
2) Did anybody talk about the royal vetoes in the Constitutional Monarchy controversy?
I think it was in source 2, where it said something like 'In June the King didn't want to promote civil war' or something like that? So I linked the Royal Vetoes = a mistake of the King
Any thoughts on any of this? Please quote me! How did everyone else find it?
Not many people doing this unit then? Lol!
Anyone who didn't do Napoleon remember the other question? Hmm hate how they make us choose! such a time-waster!