Prise de la bastille

French Revolution

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    Timespan of French Revolution

  • Meeting of the Estates General

    Meeting of the Estates General
    This was a meet-up of the estates. There were three estates; the first and second estates (clergy and nobles, respectively) had about 300 representatives. The Third Estate had almost 600 representatives. Most of the Third Estate wanted to create a constitutional government that taxed the clergy and Nobility.
  • Third Estate Declares itself as The National Assembly

    Third Estate Declares itself as The National Assembly
    Aggravated by the unfair voting system and lack of change, the Third Estate declares it is the National Assembly. They also declared they would draft a constitution.
  • Tennis Court Oath

    Tennis Court Oath
    The National Assembly's deputies went to their meeting place; the building had then found to be locked. They went to the nearby tennis court and swore to continue meeting until they had a new constitution.
  • Storming of the Bastille

    Storming of the Bastille
    The French people were starving. They heard mention of the troops of the king coming. In need of ammunation, they stormed the Bastille, a container of ammunition. The starving people killed the prison warden and saved seven prisoners.
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen

    Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
    The National Assembly declared the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen. This Constitution included the basic liberties and delcared no group should be exempt from taxation.
  • Women's March on Versailles

    Women's March on Versailles
    Women stormed Versailles and threatened the king; in response, gave in to some of their demands, unlike ever before.
  • Flight to Varennes

    Flight to Varennes
    Under risk of physical violence, King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, disguised themselves and servant and headed to Austria. On the way, they were captured at Varennes and brought back to Paris. The people saw this as a turn on his nation.
  • Legislative Assembly Amends

    Legislative Assembly Amends
    The new Legislative Assembly met and amended the constitution to allow for a trial of the King, since he turned against the nation in his attempted escape.
  • War with Austria

    War with Austria
    The Legislative Assembly votes for war after Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, threatens to help Louis XVI retain power.
  • Danton Strikes Royal Family

    Danton Strikes Royal Family
    Georges Danton, the new minister of justice, attacks the palace with sans-culottes.
  • French Republic

    French Republic
    A meeting of the National Convention had been called. The monarchy was abolished and replaced with a Republic.
  • King Beheaded

    King Beheaded
    The Convention passed a decree for the King's death. This decree was followed, and the king was beheaded by a guillotine.
  • France gets more enemies

    France gets more enemies
    Unhappy with Louis XVI's execution, Austria, Prussia, Spain, Portugal, and others take arms against France.
  • Reign of Terror

    Reign of Terror
    The Committee of Public Safety was formed. The National Convention gave it power out of fear. The Committe of Public Safety fought opposition, leading to much bloodshed.
  • Marie Antoinette Guillotined

    Marie Antoinette Guillotined
    After long imprisonment, Marie Antoinette was killed by the French people for past crimes.
  • Death of Robespierre

    Death of Robespierre
    Maximimilien Robespierre was guillotined, after creating fear among the deputies of the National Convention. This radical had great power of the Committe of Public Safety. Following his death, the Jacobins (radical group) lost power.
  • National Convention Dissolved

    National Convention Dissolved
    Following the death of Robespierre, the National Convention approved the constitution for the regime that replaced it, resulting in its decimation.
  • Coup of 30 Prairial Year VII

    Coup of 30 Prairial Year VII
    This was a coup that, with much blood, left Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès as the dominant figure of France.
  • Napoleon Leaves Egypt

    Napoleon Leaves Egypt
    Napoleon comes back from Egypt. This is significant because if he did not return, he would have come to power later.
  • Constitution of the Year VIII

    Constitution of the Year VIII
    The leadership of Napoleon was established. This, considered by many, was the end of the French Revolution.