French Revolution: The Revolution of 1792
An abortive insurrection of June 20, 1792, was followed by a decisive one on Aug. 10, when a crowd stormed the Tuileries and an insurrectionary commune replaced the legally elected one (see Commune of Paris ). Under pressure from the commune, the Assembly suspended Louis XVI and ordered elections by universal manhood suffrage for a National Convention to draw up a new constitution. Mass arrests of royalist sympathizers were followed by the September massacres (Sept. 2–7), in which frenzied mobs entered jails throughout Paris and killed approximately 2,000 prisoners, many in grisly fashion.
- The Revolution of 1789
- Origins of the Revolution
- The Republic
- The Revolution of 1792
- The Estates-General and the National Assembly
- The Directory and the Coming of Napoleon
- The Reign of Terror
- Factionalism and War
- Effects of the Revolution
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