The French Revoultion

  • Economic Crisis

    Economic Crisis
    For nearly the past century, France's common people had been barely getting buy as unemployment was high. Many commoners were taxed highly and half of the taxes were used to cover debts to aristocrats and other lenders. Louis XVI tried to get out of debt, but couldn't. This was the beginning of the French Revoultion.
  • The Fall of Bastille

    The Fall of Bastille
    Many commoners were blaming most of the rich in France for the economic crisis. The Third Estate broke off from the Estate General and called themselves "The National Assembly". As that happened, commoners from Paris went to Bastille, in search of gunpowder, and took it down. It served as a symbol of authority, and now the commoners had it.
  • More Problems for Leaders

    More Problems for Leaders
    [Exact date not available] Kings and queens all over France began to flee to other countries like Britian, Austria, and Russia. The queens was at a banquet, and shortly after she left, someone who might have been a little drunk, shouted,"Down with the Assembly!". A local newspaper reported it and the commoners rallied into a 7,000 strong mob. The mob tried to kill the foriegn queen, she was from Austria a hostile country at the tim, but escaped unharmed.
  • The Revoultion Continues

    The Revoultion Continues
    The commoners celebrated the first anniversary of the Fall of Bastille. Crops had been growing good, which made them think that God was on their side. The National Assembly, desperate to complete a constitution, began to create rights for the common people in France. The Revolution had continued into 1791, and while trying to go to an Easter celebration, King Louis XVI was halted by an angry mob. This was the beginning of the end for Louis XVI.
  • The Constitution is Finished

    The Constitution is Finished
    The National Assembly finished their constitution and many people celebrated. The constitution stated that the king would have limited powers, but was still in control. Even though the people celebrated, the Revolution was to continue on.
  • The War Begins

    The War Begins
    Shortly after writing the constiitution, the National Assembly disbanded. Louis XVI offered people who fled France because of the Revolution to return, but few did. France declared war on the Austrian Netherlands, or what is now Belgium, in belief that they were hiding French men plotting against the Revolution. A few months later, a mob confronted Louis XVI and humiliated him, but left him unharmed.
  • The War and the Beheading

    The War and the Beheading
    Prussia joins the war and helps Austria. Prussia managed to take some French cities in the souther part of the country, but many volunteers were mobilized and pushed the Prussians out of France. The constitution the National Assembly wrote was pushed out as a constitution for a republic was created, nullifying monarchy. The National Convention was held for the trial of Lousi XVI. The vote ended up for the execution, and King Louis XVI was beheaded via guillotine.
  • Trouble for France

    Trouble for France
    After the execution, many countries across Europe formed and alliance against France. One of France's major generals failed to gather an army and ended up fleeing to Austria. Things snowballed downhill for France and the queen ended up being executed the same way as her husband, the guillotine.
  • Executions and Victories

    Executions and Victories
    Revolutionaries in France had been executing people by the hundreds by this time. Over 1,000 executions were placed, all by guillotine. France had been winning battles outside of France and began to push harder towards areas farther away. A man by the name of Robespierre was a believer in divine providence and wanted the revolution to not include anti-Chrisitians or athiests. Sitll, he too was executed.
  • Napoleon Takes Charge

    Napoleon Takes Charge
    A general by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte was comanding all of the French army by this time. He took Rome, Germany, and most of Europe during the past five years. He left a part of the army to deal with the Italians, but ended up being pushed back. Napoleon was winning battle after battle in Egypt, and returned home in October. After he returned, he declared himself emperor and the revolution ended.