Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Hey everyone. This is a reminder that your homework is to read the Revolutions worksheet and place the events of the French Revolution within the framework of the worksheet. Please email me with any questions.

Also, your test is going to be the Thursday you get back from the holiday break. You will have a study guide to work on during the break.

Have a great day!

~Mr. Mazur

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Napoleon's Downfall

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Last class we discussed Napoleon Bonaparte's domestic policy and how he extended freedom and improved his relationship with the Catholic Church, but also increased his power and imposed strict restrictions within France.

For homework, you are going to read about his foreign policy and what happened that led to his downfall. Please read pp. 668-671 and take notes (especially on the Continental System, Peninsular War, invasion of Russia, and the Hundred Days). Please email me if you have any questions. Have a great rest of the weekend!

~Mr. Mazur

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Hey everyone! I apologize for the late notice! As I discussed with you yesterday, the homework is to read the skit about Napoleon and to write down information how he changed France. We will continue our discussion on Napoleon tomorrow.

Our test will be on the Thursday we come back from holiday break. Please begin to study! Have a great night!

~Mr. Mazur

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Public Executions

Hey everyone! Yesterday we discussed the period in between the March on Versailles and the Reign of Terror. We specifically looked at the usage of the guillotine in keeping order during the Reign of Terror. For homework, you are to read more about the Reign of Terror and research a country that still uses public executions. I do not want anyone to find pictures or videos of executions; this is not the point of the assignment. You have to find a country that still uses public executions and write a short summary on why they use this type of punishment. What is the point for these executions within the country?

Please email me if you have any questions. Have a great day!

~Mr. Mazur

Friday, December 2, 2011

Declaration of the Rights of Man

Hey everyone! Today we discussed the old regime of France and the various estates within the French hierarchy system. We discussed the inequality and the poverty within French society, and we also debated whether King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette should be blamed for their own execution.

We left class with the idea that Louis XVI calls the Estates-General to propose a tax on the nobles. The inequality within this system allowed the 3rd Estate to be outvoted by the 1st and 2nd Estates. The 3rd Estate began to pressure for reform, and when the King refused, they proclaimed themselves the National Assembly and began to write their own constitutiion.

The document I handed to you for homework is called the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which is a statesment of ideals and values that the National Assembly believes should be important within French society. Please read the document and answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper:

1.) The slogan of the French Revolution is going to be "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity." How are these ideals expressed within this declaration?

2.) What classic ideas of the Enlightenment do you find expressed in this declaration?

3.) Compare elements expressed in this declaration with the elements in the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

4.) How do the ideals expressed in this declaration contrast with the realities of the old social hierarchy of France?

Have a great weekend!

~Mr. Mazur