The French Revolution

  • Start of the French Revolution

    The French people saught to rebel because of social stratification, the enlightenment/American Revolution, economic failure, and weak government.
  • Louis XVI calls the Estates-General

    Louis XVI had all three estates prepare notebooks listing their grievences. Was an assembly consisting of three different estates that each represented a portion of the French population.
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    The French Revolution

  • Tennis Court Oath

    The delegates swore to never seperate and to meet wherever the circumstances might require until a sound and just constitution is established.
  • Storming of the Bastille

    The city of paris seized the spotlight from the National Assembly meeting in Versailles. The Bastille was a symbol of years of abuse by the monarchy. They killed the commander and five guards and released prisoners who were being held, but found no weapons.
  • The National Assembly Acts

    The French Declaration announced, all men were "born and remain free and equal in rights" they had natural rights to "liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression." The slogan of the French Revolution became "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity."
  • The Monarchy is Abolished

    Prussian forces were cutting down ear French recruits. Royalist officers were deserting the French army, hoping to restore the king's power. Battle disasters quikcly inflamed. Parisians stormed the royal palaces, and slaughtered the guards.
  • Robespierre and the Reign of Terror

    Sep-July 1794: Robespierre, a shrewd lawyer and politician rose to the leadership of the Commitee of Public Safety. He embraced Rousseasu's ideas of the general will. He was one of the cheif architects. He agreed with the use of the guillotine, which defined the reign of terror.
  • Spread of Nationalism

    1793-1799: A strong feeling of pride in and decotion to the country spread throughout France. The people attended civic festivals that celebrated the nation and the revolution. By 1793 France was a nation in arms.
  • The 3rd Stage of the Revolution & Napoleon's Rise to Power

    In reaction to the terror they moved away for the Convention, producing another consitution, the 3rd. As chaos threatened, policitians turned to Napoleon. He was a popular military hero who won a series of bictories against austrians in Italy. They planned to use him to advance their own goals. He outwit them all to become ruler of France.