French Revolution Timeline Project

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In History
  • Louis XIV

    Louis XIV
    King Louis XIV took reign when he was 5 years old in 1643 and served as monarch 72 years until his execution in 1715. He was the beginning of the French Revolution because he was in charge when the French Revolution started.
  • Marie Antoninette

    Marie Antoninette
    She was the husband of King Louis XVI and she became the symbol of the excesses of the monarchy. She is known for saying "Let them eat cake"
  • Marquis de Lafayette

    Marquis de Lafayette
    He was with the Continental Army with distinction during the American Revolutionary War, providing tactical leadership while securing vital resources from France.
  • Jacques Necker

    Jacques Necker
    Jacques Necker was the financial minister for King Louis XIV. He helped King Louis XIV with the national debt and the funds for the American Revolution.
  • Cahiers

    Cahiers
    The cahiers is a list of grievances drawn up by each of the three estates. This added greatly to a revolutionary air of expectation of the Estates General.
  • Sans-Culottes

    Sans-Culottes
    The Sans-Culottes were the usually urban-laborers, who were the driving force in the French Revolution. They were "radicals" because they wanted democracy.
  • Jacobin

    Jacobin
    Jacobins were radicals revolutionaries during the French Revolution who plotted the downfall of the king and the rise of the French Republic. They are known for violence in the time period named "Terror".
  • Napoleon Bonaparte

    Napoleon Bonaparte
    He was a French military leader who conquered much of Europe . He rose to prominence during the French Revolution and served as emperor of France.
  • Bourgeoisie

    Bourgeoisie
    The bourgeoisie were the richest part of the third estate. They were the rich men and women of the third estate. They were referred to as the middle class.
  • Plebiscite

    Plebiscite
    Plebiscite are voters who were asked not to choose between alternate regimes or proposals but to confirm or reject the legitimacy of certain form of government. After the French Revolution, plebiscite was popular because it was seen as an expression of popular sovereignty.
  • Estates-General

    Estates-General
    The estates-general was called by King Louis XVI and was called because the French Government had financial problems. The first problem that came up was how they would vote.
  • Writing of the Declaration of the Rights of the Men

    Writing of the Declaration of the Rights of the Men
    The Declaration of the Rights of the Men explains the list of rights; freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the separation of powers. This is the fundamental document of the French Revolution that granted civil rights to some commoners, although it excluded a significant segment of the French population.
  • Parisians Storm the Bastille

    Parisians Storm the Bastille
    A. The Parisians stormed the Bastille because they were trying to get ammunition; not to free the prisoners. There were over 30,000 pounds of gunpowder stored at Bastille. The Parisians did this as a symbol of the monarchy's tyranny.
  • Olympe de Gouges

    Olympe de Gouges
    She is famous for her feminist work. She was an advocate for women's rights. Her most famous work is The Declaration of the Rights of Women. She was executed for her ideas in 1793.
  • Maximillen Robespierre

    Maximillen Robespierre
    Maximillen was an architect and was overthrown and arrested by the National Convention. Robespierre encouraged the execution of more than 17,000 enemies during the Revolution.
  • Execution of the King and Queen / Beginning of the Reign of Terror

    Execution of the King and Queen / Beginning of the Reign of Terror
    King Louis XVI was executed by means of guillotine, at Place de la Revolution. He was executed because of conspiracy with foreign powers. This now starts the Reign of Terror in France!
  • Napoleon Overthrows the Directory

    Napoleon Overthrows the Directory
    Napoleon leads his army across the Alps in the Second Italian Campaign. Then, he wins the Battle of Marengo against Austria. Napoleon then signs the Signing of the Concordat between France and Rome which ends the schism between the French government and the Catholic Church.
  • Congress of Vienna

    Congress of Vienna
    The Congress of Vienna was a conference of ambassadors of European states. It happened from November 1814 to June 1815. The objective was to have a long term peace deal in Europe.
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    King Louis XIV calls the Estates General

    A. The problems were that taxes were unfair and the Third Estate was the only estate that was taxed. The top 3% lived in luxury and the bottom 97% lived in non-luxury.
    B. The meeting was called because the French Government was having financial problems. One of the first problems that came up at the Estates General was how they would vote.
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    Establishment of the New Constitution

    The first drafts were made in August of 1789, but the final drafts were made in September of 1791. The Constitution was made to limit the powers of government. It was made for the separation of powers.
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    Napoleon Builds an Empire

    Napoleon leads his army across the Alps in the Second Italian Campaign. Then, he wins the Battle of Marengo against Austria. Napoleon then signs the Signing of the Concordat between France and Rome which ends the schism between the French government and the Catholic Church.
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    Napoleon Invades Russia

    It is known as the Patriotic War. Napoleon crossed the Neman River, invading Russia, present-day Poland. The Russian army refused to engage with the French. Napoleon had an army of 500,000 while Russia lost more then 200,000 troops in this war.
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    The Congress of Vienna

    It was held from November 1814 to September 1814. The Congress of Vienna was a conference of ambassadors of European states. It was called after the fall of Napoleon, and to create balance among the European powers.
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    Napoleon Defeated at Waterloo

    It was fought between the French and the North and two Seventh Coalition armies, an Anglo-allied army and a Prussian army. This defeated Napoleon in an important Battle of Waterloo. This ended the Napoleonic Era.