The French Revolution

  • Seven Years' War

    France faught against Britain in the Seven Years' War for control of New France. France lost the battle, and war is expensive, so they were in major debt.
  • Coronation of King Louis XVI

    King Louis was crowned king. He'd stated that he knew he was an inept king, and this foreshadows the way he would rule over France. He was lazy and socially aawkward, and he didn't have much of an interest in being king.
  • Start of the American Revolution

    In the wake of economic failure and poverty, the French people saw the American Revolution as inspiration for their revolution. The Americans weren't happy with what they had (the British ruling over them) and they wanted change. They used violance to bring about that change, and it worked. The French wanted to bring about the same change that the American Revolution did, and they used the same means.
  • France declaires war on Britain

    France helped the American Revolution by declaring war against Britain and supporting the American Rebels. This put them in greater debt, which angered the French citizens even more.
  • Jaques Necker releases "Compt Rendu"

    Jaques Necker was Lousi's financial advisor, and the Compt Rendu was a statement that reassured the French people that things were going to improve.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris ends the war in North America with the French. The success of the American Revolution inspires those who want political reform in France.
  • Assembly of Nobiles was envoked

    The Assembly was envoken in response to the financial cricis in France at the time. Louis had no idea what he was doing, so the Assembly was envoked to consult financial matters. Finance Minister Calonne insisted that it be envoked after telling Louis of the financial troubles in France earlier that year.
  • First Assemblyo f Nobiles meeting

    The people wanted financial reforms, and ther was a lot of financial instability.
  • First Assembly of Nobiles is dessolved

  • Finance Minister considers calling an Estates-General

  • Meeting of the Estates Dauphiné

    The Estates Dauphiné, also known as the Assembly of Vizille, meets to vote for deputies in the Estates-General. Measures are envoked to increase the power of the Third Estate.
  • Réveillon Riots

    People riot in Paris against low wages and bread shortages. 25 people are killed by millitary. These were teh first riots in Paris, and the first signs of the revolution getting into full force.
  • Estates-General meets

    The Estates-General meets for the first time since 1614. They meet to devise a way to gain power for the Third Estate, and to protest for a new form of government.
  • The Third Estate declares itself the National Assembly

    They were otig for a new ruler, and it was to be done by the Estate, not by the King.
  • Tennis Court Oath is swarn

    The Estates-General meets in the tennis courts of __ and swears to meet daily untill they have choasen a new form of government.
  • Camille Desmoulins speaks at the gardens of Palais Royale

    She delivers a message to the people, telling them to take up arms [against the government, and absoltism].
  • Storming of the Bastille

    The French people took up arms, and stormed the Bastille, a symbol of Absolitist rule. It was a fortified prison, and absolute monarchs used to to hold and torture prisoners. It was feared by the common people. It is historically significant because the destruction of the Bastille was the destruction of absolutism in France.
  • "Great Fear" begins

    Peasants start revolting all around France against food shortages and the inept king, and feudalism and class divisions
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    National Assembly abolishes Feudalism

  • Fish Ladies Storm Versailles

    the Fish Ladies storm Versailles, trying to expel the Monarchy. They succeeded, and the Monarchy returns to Paris, where they can be watched.by the people.
  • Abolition of nobility and titles

    Everyone is equal, and the nobility doesn't have any extra powers or privelages.
  • First Counter-Revolution in Jalès

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    Food Riots in Paris

  • Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette escape to Viennes

    Louis and his wife are stopped at Viennes, and are sent back to Paris as prisoners. Louis is completely stripped of power, and the National Assembly assumes full power.
  • Constituant Assembly is dessolved

  • King Louis's trial begins

  • King Louis is exdcuted

  • Committee of Public Safety is established

  • Marat goes on trial for his part in the September Massacre

    Marat was put on trial for his involvement in the September Massacre, but was acquitted.
  • "Law of Suspects" in envoked

    The Law of Suspects was a law that stated that anyone suspected of being against the revolution must die. That included not being enthusiastic enough about it, saying something bad about it, complainnig about the high price of bread, etc.
  • Robespierre declaires a new religion "Religion of the Suprime Being"

    Robespierre declaired that this new religion would replace Roman Catholicism, and everything in regards to Catholicism is abolished (Catholic calendar, relgious symbols, etc.)
  • Convention orders for the arrest of Robespierre/Terror ends

    Robespierre tries to appeal his execution and fails. He is execuetd, and so are 150 of his supporters are executed as well. Robespierre's death ends the Terror.
  • Churches Re-Open under Catholicism

    Churches reopen for Catholic warship. Relgion of the Supreme Being is abolished.
  • Napoleon assumes commander of French army in Italy

  • Napoleon is Emporer of France