French Revolution

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    Antoine Barnave

    Antoine Bernave was a French politician and along Honoré Mirabeu they were some of the most influential orators at the begining of the French Revolution and along with Honoré Mirabeau, they were some of the most influential orators of the early part of the French Revolution. He is most notable for correspondence with Marie Antoinette for constitutional monarchy.
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    Marie Antoniette

    She was born archeduss of Austria and married Louis XVII, she was killed
  • Coronation of King Louis XVI of France

    Coronation of King Louis XVI of France
    He got coronated and became king.
  • Compte Rendu Au Roi

    Compte Rendu Au Roi
    Jacques Necker, French Director of Finance, publishes the Compte rendu au roi, the first record of royal finances ever made public.
  • "What is the third state?"

    "What is the third state?"
    Abbé Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès publishes his influential pamphlet "What is the Third Estate?"
  • Elections

    Across France, elections begin for representatives to the Estates-General, and lists of grievances are compliled.
  • Women's March on Versaille

    Women's March on Versaille
    The Women's March on Versailles increases demand for a French constitutional monarchy, relocates the royal family to the Tuileries Palace in Paris.
  • August Decrees

    August Decrees
    In France, the August Decrees are passed. August decrees were historic developmen in which the National Constituent Assembly moved to abolish seigneurialism, unify France and set it on the road to constitutional reform.
  • Révellion Riots

    Révellion Riots
    The Reveillon Riots in Paris result in at least 25 dead after soldiers fire on the crowd, with some reports estimating casualties in the 100s.
  • Estates-Genral in Versailles

    Estates-Genral in Versailles
    The Estates-General convenes in Versailles for the first time in 175 years.
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    French Revolution

    The French Revolution was a radical time period in France, looking for change and to stop the abuse from the upper classes. All this was caused becuase of the Old Regime, in which the people got done with all the taxes and bad management of the country
  • National Assembly

    National Assembly
    The Third Estate declares itself a National Assembly.
  • Tennis Court Oath

    Tennis Court Oath
    Delegates of the National Assembly take the Tennis Court Oath, vowing not to disband until a new French constitution is created.
  • Jacques Necker gets fired

    Jacques Necker gets fired
    Jacques Necker, popular Chief Minister of France, is fired from King Louis XVI's cabinet for a second time and ordered into exile.
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    Parisians on the streets because of Jacques Necker

    The dismissal of Jacques Necker causes over 6,000 Parisians to take to the streets. They fight with soldiers, burn toll booths, and raid armories and gunsmiths for weapons.
  • Bastille

    The Bastille in Paris is stormed.
  • Lafayette

    Lafayette is appointed commander of the newly formed National Guard, and charged with keeping order in Paris.
  • Storming of Bastille

    Storming of Bastille
    The Comte d'Artois, Louis XVI's brother, flees Versailles with other royalists after the Storming of the Bastille, becoming the first wave of emigres to flee the French Revolution.
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    Great Fear

    The Great Fear sweeps across the French countryside, as peasants attack the feudal estates of the nobility.
  • Abolition of feudalism

    Abolition of feudalism
    The National Constituent Assembly discards their privileges, decides to abolish feudalism in France.
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

    Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
    France's National Assembly approves a final version of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
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    Louis XVI is moved to Paris

    Women's March on Versailles; King Louis XVI of France is forcibly moved to Paris.
  • Corsica departament of France

    Corsica departament of France
    The National Assembly passes a decree making Corsica a department of France; Corsican hero Pasquale Paoli is invited back from exile after 22 years.
  • Abolition of monastic vows

    Abolition of monastic vows
    The National Assembly abolishes monastic vows in France.
  • Civil Constitution of the Clerg

    Civil Constitution of the Clerg
    The Civil Constitution of the Clergy is passed, making the French Catholic Church subordinate to the French government.
  • Festival of the Federation

    Festival of the Federation
    300,000 people attend the Festival of the Federation outside Paris, an event celebrating the French Revolution and national unity.
  • Fête of Féderation

    Fête of Féderation
    Lafayette helps organize and lead the Fete de Federation, a festival celebrating the French Revolution. He takes an oath swearing loyalty to the nation, the law and the king.
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    Flight to Varennes

    The Flight to Varennes, an attempted escape by the French royal family from Paris, is foiled; public disdain for the monarchy increases.
  • Fire to anti-monarchy

    Fire to anti-monarchy
    National Guard soldiers under Lafayette's command open fire at an anti-monarchy demonstration at the Champ de Mars in Paris. Several French citizens are killed.
  • Easter Sunday

    Easter Sunday
    Napoleon Bonaparte is elected lieutenant colonel of the Corsican National Guard; weeks later, he suppresses an Easter Sunday uprising in Ajaccio.
  • War with Austria

    War with Austria
    Revolutionary France declares war on Austria, sparking the War of the First Coalition.
  • Theobald Dillon

    Theobald Dillon
    French General Theobald Dillon is butchered by his own soldiers.
  • Legislative Assembly

    Legislative Assembly
    King Louis XVI of France vetoes rulings by the Legislative Assembly, angering many.
  • Tuileries Palace

    Tuileries Palace
    King Louis XVI is accosted in the Tuileries Palace by a swarm of sans-culottes; he is forced to wear a liberty cap and drink a toast to the nation.
  • Insurrectionary Commune

    Insurrectionary Commune
    The Insurrectionary Commune gains power in Paris, stripping authority from the king and Legislative Assembly.
  • Massacre of Swiss Guards

    Massacre of Swiss Guards
    Insurrectionists storm the Tuileries Palace in Paris, massacring the Swiss Guards; King Louis XVI of France is imprisoned in the Temple prison fortress two days later.
  • Royalty in the Tower of the Temple

    Royalty in the Tower of the Temple
    The family of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette are imprisoned in the Tower of the Temple.
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    September Massacre

    Between 1,100-1,400 prisoners, or half of Paris' total prison population, are killed in the September Massacres.
  • Battle of Valmy

    Battle of Valmy
    The Battle of Valmy results in a French victory over Prussian invaders.
  • Abolition of French Monarchy

    Abolition of French Monarchy
    The National Convention abolishes the French Monarchy during the French Revolution.
  • First Republic

    First Republic
    The fisrt French Republic is stablished
  • Publishment of the pro-Jacobin pamphlet

    Napoleon publishes his pro-Jacobin pamphlet Le Souper de Beaucaire, gaining the notice of Jacobin leader Augustin Robespierre.
  • Louis XVI executed by the guillotine

    Louis XVI executed by the guillotine
    King Louis XVI of France, now known as Citizen Louis Capet, is executed by guillotine.
  • Committee of Public Safety

    Committee of Public Safety
    The Committee of Public Safety is set up by the National Convention.
  • Jean-Paul Marat

    Jean-Paul Marat
    The trial of Jean-Paul Marat results in his acquittal, and is a major blow to the Girondins.
  • Law of the maximum

    Law of the maximum
    The National Convention passes the "law of the maximum" which imposes a price cap on grain and wheat.
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    The Insurrections of 31 May-02 June 1793 lead to the arrests of prominent Girondins and the political purge of their faction.
  • Maximilien Robespierre for the Committee of Public Safety

    Maximilien Robespierre for the Committee of Public Safety
    Maximilien Robespierre elected to the Committee of Public Safety; the National Convention institutes death penalty for hoarders of goods.
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    Marie Antoniette sentenced to death

    Queen Marie Antoinette of France is tried before the Revolutionary Tribunal. She is found guilty of high treason and is sentenced to death.
  • 21 leading Girondins executed

    21 leading Girondins executed
    21 leading Girondins, including Vergniaud and Brissot, are executed.
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    Thermidorian Reaction

    Following the Thermidorian Reaction, Napoleon Bonaparte is arrested in connection to the Robespierres; he is eventually released.
  • Freedom of worship

    The Thermidorians reestablish freedom of worship in the French Revolution, officially ending the revolutionary Constitutional Church.
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    1 Prairial

    The failed Uprising of 1 Prairial sees the last serious attempt by the Jacobins and sans-culottes to regain power in the French Revolution.