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Hi,

I am hoping to compile a massive list of possible essays for my French Revolution paper for A-Level.

As far as I can tell there are only a few types:
Causes of the Revolution
Reforms of the Assembly (1789)
Reforms of the Assembly (1789-91)
Collapse of Constitutional Monarchism
Causes of Terror
Main figures of Terror
Greatest threat to republic 1793-94
Success of Directory?
Failure of Directory - Causes

If you can think of more essay topics/questions then please let me know.
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Topic 1:
To what extent were the financial problems of the government primarily responsible for the French revolution in 1789?
How significant was the enlightenment in contribution to the fall of the Ancien regime? To what extent was the outbreak of revolution in 1789 primarily due to the poor leadership of Louis XVI?
To what extent was the reform of the legal system the most significant consequence of the establishment of the National Assembly in 1789?
How far was Louis responsible for the outbreak of revolution in 1789?
'The main reason for the development of the revolution in 1789 was the sans-culottes.' How far do you agree with this statement?
How far was the philosophy of the enlightenment responsible for the collapse of absolute monarchy in 1789?
Topic 2:
'The National Assembly's reforms of the Catholic Church changed the course of the French Revolution.' How far do you agree with this statement?
'The storming of the Bastille had a greater impact on the authority of the monarchy than the October Days.' How far do you agree with this statement?
How accurate is it to say that 'the reforms of the National Assembly radically altered France in the years 1789-1791?'
How far did the reforms of the Assembly, 1789-1791, meet the needs of the people?
To what extent was France's participation in the war entirely responsible for bringing about the overthrow of the monarchy in August 1792?
'In the years 1789-1791 Louis authority was only seriously undermined after the flight to Varennes.' How far do you agree with this statement?
Were the actions of the sans culottes the main reason for the downfall of the King?
Topic 3:
'Supporters of the Terror were overwhelmingly motivated by a desire to secure the survival of the Republic.' How far do you agree with this statement in the years 1793-4?
How accurate is it to say that 'the civil war in the Vendee was the only significant crisis faced by the republican government during 1793?'
'The war crisis was the primary factor behind the emergence of government by terror in 1793.' How far do you agree?
How successful was the republic in dealing with its enemies during the period 1793-4?
To what extent was government by terror only about defeating the internal and external enemies of the Republic?
'War was primarily responsible for the divisions in France in the years 1792-1794?' How far do you agree with this statement?
How significant was Robespierre's role in the development of Terror 1793-1794?
In March the Vendee revolt broke out. How accurate is it to say that the revolt in the Vendee did not seriously threaten the republic? (AS)
'Given the scale of the opposition which they faced throughout France, the survival and victory of the Jacobin Government in Paris in 1793 was a remarkable achievement.' How far do you agree with this opinion?
How far was the terror a consequence of the actions of the sans-culottes?
Topic 4:
The political instability in France in the years 1794–99 arose from the bitter political divisions created by the events of 1793.' How far do you agree with this opinion?
'The government of the Directory in the years 1795-9 represented a return to stable government from the chaos of 1789-94.' How far do you agree with this statement?
How accurate is it to say that 'the Directory was a period of moderation?'
How successful was the Directory in dealing with political threats in the years 1795-9?
How significant a factor was the re-emergence of royalism towards the problems facing the Directory in the years 1795-9?
'In the years 1795-1799, The Directory succeed in bringing political and economic stability to France.' How far do you agree with this statement?
How accurate is it to say that, in the years 1795-1799, the main threat facing the Directory came from the army?
How far do you agree that the Directory was a complete failure?
To what extent can the collapse of the Directory be attributed to the pressures the war placed upon
it?
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hi did you make essay plans for these .. struggling on what paragraphs to write for ' the national assembls reforms of the catholic church changed the course of the french revolution. how far do you agree with this statement'
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Also 'in the years 1789-1791 Louis authority was only seriously undermine after the flight to vaernnes. How far do you agree with this statement?
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Might be worth looking at last year's question on religion (edexcel) and adapting the exemplar ones.

I think you could simplify the question with a nice definition in the introduction. You could define the course of the revolution in 1789 and then look at where it went after.

The way I'd do it would be to talk about some of the religious changes then (protestant and jewish toleration, civil const of clergy, sale of church land and the banishment of refractory priests). Examine how they differed to the ancient regime and if they differed from the more conservative or stereotypically bourgeoisie aims of the early rev. Then make a judgement on whether the reforms were really different. ( my own opinion is that they weren't as Voltaires anticlericalism shows the enlightenment was fully behind church reform. But you could counter this by saying it was originally a noble revolution.)

Then just real out the standard other factors (economic, war, ideological fanaticism or even malice) and make judgements in relation to how it shifted the course of the revolution.

Hope this helps
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hi did you make essay plans for these .. struggling on what paragraphs to write for ' the national assembls reforms of the catholic church changed the course of the french revolution. how far do you agree with this statement'
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