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    The French Revolution

  • Seven Years War ends

    The French had a fair amount of land in the New World and spent a good deal of money trying to protect it. They lost the war and in the procces put themselves very deep in debt.
  • Meeting of the Estates-General

    Louis XVI decides to cal together the Estates-General, who are representives from all three Estates, together to solve the financial crisis and bring reform. The delegates prepare notebooks of grievances when they meet in Versailles. These included lackof bread and food, fairer taxes,uncensoring the press, and other things.
  • The National Assembly

    When the Estates-General met the The Third Estate was not pleased so they took the Tennis Court Oath, and then declared themselves the National Assembly. on August 4th they voted to end their special privilages.They also wroteThe Declaration of the Rights of man later that August. they place the Church under state control, which angers many people. On September 3, 1791 the Assembly produces a Constitution with a limited monarchy and a Legislative Assembly.
  • Storming the Bastille

    Rumors were parading the streets of Paris that royal troops were going to occupy the capital. Approximately 800 citizens of Paris gathered outside the Bastille, looking for the weapons and gunpowder that were believed to be stored there. The commander refused and fired upon the crowd. Many people were killed, but they eventually broke through the defenses. They procceded to slaughter the commander and the five gaurds that were there. They did not find any weapons
  • Threats from abroad

    Prussia and Austria said they would intervene in order to protect the French monarchy. The Legislative Assembly declares war on on Austria,Prussia,and other countries in Europe. The Prussians were slaughtering many of French army. Many officers abandoned the army in hopes of restoring the king to power.
  • March on Versailles

    About 6,000 women walked from to Paris to Versailles wanting to see the King and Queen. They wanted bread.The mob demanded that the Royal family move to Paris. They did, although rather reluctantly.
  • Monarchy is abolished

    The battles that were being fought by France were not going well. Parisians attempted to capture the king but he escaped momentarily. A few weeks later approximately 1200 prisioners were killed. Radicals then take control of the National Assembly. They created a new government called the Cantional Convention. The right to vote was also extended to all men. They abolished the monarchy and and drew up a new Constitution. They beheaded the king in January and the Queen in October. To deal with all
  • Monarchy is abolished

    the threats to France they made the Commitee of Public Safety.
  • Robespierre and the Reign of Terror

    Was a lawyer and politictian was a leader in the Commitee of Public Safety. His nickname was "the Incorruptible" due to his dedication to the Revolution. The Reign of Terror lasted from September 1793-July 1794.Around 300,000 people were arrested and 17,000 were executed during this time period.Quite a few of these people hadn't really done anything wrong but were still put on trial. The thing that drove the Terror was the infamous guillotine. But in july of 1794 Rebespierre was arrested and
  • Robespierre and the Reign of Terror

    killed whereupon the executions of the commoners slowly ceased.
  • The Third Stage of the Revolution

    The moderates made the third Constitution since 1789. This set up a five man Directery anda two-house legislature. The middle and professional class people controlled this stage of the Revolution.The directory did okay, making peace with Prussia and Spain but continued to make war with Great Britain and Austria.The leaders were rather corrupt and didn't solve the important problems.
  • the Revolution Enters a Third Stage

    The moderates now had power. They made another Constitution in 1795, the third since 1789. IT had a five man Directory and two houses of legislature. They were in possesion of power from 1795 to 1799. Peace was made with Prussia and Spain but they continued warring with Great Britain and Austria. They defeated the riots and other uprisings. However, leaders were corrupt and didn't find solutions to the important problems.
  • Spread of Nationalisim

    Nationalisim is defined as "A strong feeling of pride in and devotion to ones's country." This started in France as power shifted to Goverment away from the king and queen.People had civic festivals and celebrated the nation and there revolution. This then spreads throughout the rest of Europe.
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