Storming the Bastille (July 14, 1789)

It was the spark that emboldened the people’s movement to overthrow King Louis XVI.

More than any other event of the eighteenth century, the French Revolution, which began in 1789, changed the face of modern politics across Europe and the world.

Written by Mircea Platon. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle.

Audio production by Scott Sprague and Paul Kotheimer, College of Arts & Sciences Academic Technology Services. Video production by Laura Seeger and Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle.

We thank the Stanton Foundation for their funding of this and other Origins projects.