Tennis Court Oath by Jacques Louis David My History class looked at this painting in the context of emerging nationalism in Europe. Although the start of nationalism is a widely contested subject far too lengthy for this short blog post, many subscribers to modern nationalism cite the French Revolution in 1789 as the start of nationalism.
On 20 June 1789, the members of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath in the tennis court which had been built in 1686 for the use of the Versailles palace. The vote was "not to separate and to reassemble wherever necessary until the Constitution of the kingdom is established". It was a pivotal event in the French Revolution. The Estates-General had been called to address the country's fiscal and agricultural crisis, but they had become bogged down in issues of representation immedi
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Tennis Court Oath, French Serment du Jeu de Paume, (June 20, 1789), dramatic act of defiance by representatives of the nonprivileged classes of the French nation (the Third Estate) during the meeting of the Estates-General (traditional assembly) at the beginning of the French Revolution. The deputies of the Third Estate, realizing that in any attempt at reform they would be outvoted by the two privileged orders, the clergy and the nobility, had formed, on June 17, a National Assembly.
Definition: The Tennis Court Oath was made to ensure the National Assembly would finish writing their new constitution on June 20th, 1789. Significance: It declared that members of the National Assembly would stay in the tennis court until they finished writing the new constitution.
The Tennis Court Oath (in French, Serment du jeu de Paume) was a commitment to a national constitution and representative government, taken by delegates at the Estates-General at Versailles. It has become one of the most iconic scenes of the French Revolution.
The Tennis Court Oath June 1789 History Guide Primary Source Refusing to be outvoted and demanding that the masses who work and pay taxes be heard, the representatives of the Third Estate regrouped at the Tennis Court of Versailles to proclaim themselves the National Assembly. They vowed not to
The Tennis Court Oath was a pledge that was signed in the early days of the French Revolution and was an important revolutionary act that displayed the belief that political authority came from the nation’s people and not from the monarchy. Why the Peculiar Name? The pledge thanks its name to the place where it was signed.
How does the Tennis Court Oath relate to nationalism? The Tennis Court Oath was a key factor in the French people uniting under one collective conscience because this was a declaration that sovereignty did not lie within the king, but in the people themselves and their representatives.