French Revolution

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Prior to the French Revolution

Rule of Louis XIV

1657 - 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

Louis XIV builds Versailles

1661

He spent over 100 million dollars buildig the Versailles Palace.

Louis XIV's Death

1715

Louis died leaving his country in debt

French Revolution

Declaration of Independence

july 4 1776

The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire.

Tennis court oath

1789

The Third Estate declared themselves the National Assembly and made the Tennis Court Oath.

October days

1789

Paris Women invaded Versailles.

Fall of the Bastille

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.

All Feudal Privellages Ended

1789

The National Assembly announced the end of feudalism and serfdom in France.

The Estates general

1789

Louis XVI called Estates-General to a meeting in Versailles to approve a tax plan.

Angered peasants

1789

The peasants of France were mad because of the high unfair taxes and poor harvesting.

Civil Constitution of the Clergy

1790

It was a law passed on July 12 1790 during the French Revolution, that devistated the Roman Catholic Church in France.

Louis XVI Was Arrested

1791

Louis XVI and his family tried to sneak out of France but were arrested.

Convention meets

1792

The National Convention held their first meeting.

War wanted with Austria

1792

France declared war on Austria.

Louis XVI Was Executed

1793

Louis XVI sentanced to the guillotine and was executed.

Marie Antoinettes Death

1793

She was charged with aiding the enemy and inciting civil war and was guillotined.

Reign of Terror Begins

sep 1793 - july 1794

The Reign of Terror court sentanced 20,000 to 40,000 people to death.

Robespierre's Death

1794

Robespierre was beheaded.

Robespierre Gets Arrested

1794

The National Convention arrested Robespierre.

The Directory first meets

1795

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

After the French Revolution

Directory meets

1799

The directory fell and ended the revolution.

Napoleon crowns himself Emperor

1804 - 1821

The last phase of the revolution changes the government back to a way that is similar to how it was before the French Revolution.