French Revolution

  • Hobbes writes Leviathan

    Hobbes writes Leviathan
    The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory.
  • Locke writes Two Treatieses of Government

    The First Treatise attacks patriarchalism in the form of sentence-by-sentence refutation of Robert Filmer's Patriarcha and the Second Treatise outlines a theory of political or civil society based on natural rights and contract theory.
  • French and Indian war

    Caused initial conflict between the british and french
  • American Revolution

    Influenced and gave courage to those in France who wanted to rebel.
  • Calling of the Estates General

    In late 1788 Necker announced that the meeting of the Estates General would be brought forward to January 1st 1789
  • Tennis Court Oath

    Tennis Court Oath
    The Oath was a pledge signed by 576 of the 577 members from the Third Estate who were locked out of a meeting of the Estates-General on 20 June 1789. They made a makeshift conference room inside a tennis court
  • France experiences "The Great Fear"

    Rural unrest had been present in France since the worsening grain shortage of the spring, and the grain supplies were now guarded by local militias due to rumors that bands of armed men were roaming the countryside.
  • August decrees.

    The August Decrees were nineteen decrees made in August 1789 by the National Constituent Assembly during the French Revolution.
  • National Assembly composes "The Declaration of the Rights of Man."

    The representatives of the French people, constituted as a National Assembly, and considering that ignorance, neglect, or contempt of the rights of man are the sole causes of public misfortunes and governmental corruption, have resolved to set forth in a solemn declaration the natural, inalienable and sacred rights of man
  • Reign of Louis XVI

    Bourbon monarch who ruled as King of France and Navarre until 1791, and then as King of the French from 1791 to 1792, before being executed in 1793.
  • Louis XVI attempts to escape

    Caught at Varennes and brought back to Paris, he lost credibility as a constitutional monarch.
  • Legislative Assembly is created.

    It provided the focus of political debate and revolutionary law-making between the periods of the National Constituent Assembly and of the National Convention.
  • France goes to war with Austria

    France goes to war with Austria
    France wins after bad start to war
  • Louis XVI is executed.

    One day after being convicted of conspiracy with foreign powers and sentenced to death by the French National Convention, King Louis XVI is executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris.
  • Jean Paul Marat is killed.

    Jean Paul Marat is killed.
    was a physician, political theorist, and scientist best known for his career in France as a radical journalist and politician during the French Revolution.
  • Committee of Public Safety is formed.

    As a wartime measure, the Committee – composed at first of nine, and later of twelve members – was given broad supervisory powers over military, judicial, and legislative efforts. Its power peaked under the leadership of Maximilien Robespierre
  • Robespierre comes to power.

    Robespierre comes to power.
    French lawyer, politician, and one of the best-known and most influential figures of the French Revolution. As a member of the Estates-General, of the Constituent Assembly and of the Jacobin Club, he defended the abolition of slavery and of the death penalty, he supported equality of rights, universal suffrage and the establishment of a republic.
  • Robespierre is executed.

    People relized that it was better to oppose him then keep him as a ruler.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte comes to power.

    Napoleon Bonaparte comes to power.
    Bonaparte led troops to seize control and disperse them, which left a rump legislature to name Bonaparte, Sieyès, and Ducos as provisional Consuls to administer the government