The French Revolution

Major events prior to, during and after the French Revolution

Before the French Revolution

major events and people that helped cause the French Revolution

Reign of Louis XIV

1643 - 1715

Sun King's rule was noted for spending huge amounts of money on a palace at Versailles, high taxes, expensive unsuccessful wars and wastefulness-see notes, p. 62-64

Reign of Louis XV

1715 - 1774

Seven Year War

1756 - 1763

Reign of Louis XVI

1774 - aug 1792

American Declaration of Independence


The Estates General Summoned

jan 1789

Tennis Court Oath

june 1789

During the French Revolution

major events of the French Revolution

Fall of the Bastille

14 July 1789

mob attacked the prison, killed the govenor, released the prisoners; symbolic destruction of it was important rallying point that represented the bringing down of authority p. 75

Feudal privileges abolished

aug 1789

October Days

oct 1789

Civil Constitution of the Clergy


Flight to Varennes


Monarchy overthrown

aug 1792

Convention meets

oct 1792

Louis XVI executed

jan 1793

Reign of terror begins

sep 1793

Marie Antoinette executed

oct 1793

Fall of Robespierre/Thermidor period begins

july 1794

The Directory first meets


This is the end of the revolution as a middle class government is established where only people who own property can vote. (p. 85)

After the French Revolution

essential events after the French Revolution

Napolean saves the Convention


Napolean appointed First Consul


Napoleon crowns himself Emperor


The last phase of the revolution changes the government back to a way that is similar to how it was before the French Revolution.(see notes on the 3 phases of revolution and text p.85, p.93, p.102)