The French Revolution timeline

Prior to the French revolution

major events and people that helped cause the french revolution

rule of King Louis XIV

1657 - 1715

The sun King's rule was noted for spending huge amounts of money on the palace at Versailles, expensive unsuccessful, wars

Seven years war ends

1763

The wars had gone for seven years between everyone and finally stopped in 1763

American declaration of independence

1776

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The American were democratic in their views and had made a point of protecting the freedoms of the individual, which were outlined in the American declaration of independence

Tennis court Oath

1789

The oath was a pledge signed by 567 out of the 577 members from the third estate, and a few members of the 1st estate

The French Revolution

Major events of the French revolution

estates general summond

1789

1789 January
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Organized into three estates, respectively: the clergy, the nobility, and the rest of France

October days

1789

Crowds of women meeting in Paris decided to march to Versailles to meet the king

All feudal privaleges abolished

1789

Nobles and illiterates, and serfs were still a major part of french life

The fall of the Bastille

1789

A mob attacked the royal prison and fortress, and they killed the governor.
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Civil constitution of the clergy

1790

It was a law passed on during the French Revolution, that subordinated the roman catholic church in France to the state.

Flight to Varennes

1791

On the 20 June 1791, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, their children and closest servants fled Paris in secret, hoping to reach the Luxembourg border and to join the Austrian troops there. Unfortunatley they only made it as far as the small town of Varennes.

Reign of Terror begins

1793

The years of oppressive monarchy rule was finally brought to an end with the execution of the King and the establishment of France as a republic. In this new republic the Church was stripped of its authority and was to have nothing to do with the politics of the country.

Louis XVI executed

1793

He was found guilty of treason

Marie Antoinette executed

1793

Marie Antoinette was convicted of treason and sentenced to be guillotined. On October 16, 1793

Fall of Robespierre; Thermidor period begins

1794

Robespierre destroyed all oppostion to the government and made sweeping changes in France; the metric system was introduced, a revolutionary calendar, the army was more efficient, and new school and universities were set up to educate the population,

As France grew stronger people started to fear a dictatorship by Robespierre. Robespierre then tried to condem more people, he himself was also condemned. After he failed to shoot himself, he was arrested and sent to the guillotine with his closest friends.

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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 pg,85

After the French revolution

Napoleon crowns himself emperor

1804

The last phase of the revolution changes the government back to the way it used to be.