The French Revolution

Prior to the French Revolution

major events and people that helped cause 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

Seven Years War Ends

1756 - 1763

The wars were France against European emigre's & austria

Louis XVI Becomes King

1774

he was not prepared and didn't have the qualities a french ruler would.

American Declaration Of Independence

1776

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.

The French Revolution

1789

American Declaration of Independence

1776

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.

The Estates General Summoned

1789

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, a distance of about 50 kilometers

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 Priviledges Abolished

1789

nobles and illiterate serfs, was still a major part of french life

Tennis Court Oath

1789

Oath was a pledge signed by 576 out of the 577 members from the Third Estate and a few members of the First Estate during a meeting of the Estates-General on 1789 in a tennis court building near the

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 french gornment

Flight To Varennes

1791

significant episode in the French Revolution during which King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family were unsuccessful in their attempt to escape, disguised as the servants of a Russian baroness, from the radical agitation of the Jacobins in Paris.

Convention Meets

1792

It held executive power in France during the first years of the French First Republic.

Monarchy OverThrown

1792

Citizens Louis Capet was tried for his crimes and found guilty. And was guilotined January 21, 1793

Marie Antoinette Executed

1793

she was suspected of treason and she was guillotined.

Reign of Terror

1793

when thousands of people suspected of platting against the government were killed.

Louis XVI Executed

1793

got guilotined because he was charged with treason

Fall of Robespierre Thermidor Period Begins

1794

people were beginning to turn against Robespierre, more convinced than ever that he had designs on a dictatorship

Directory

1795

The parliament consisted of 500 representatives, the Conseil des Cinq-Cents (Council of the Five Hundred) and 250 senators, the Conseil des Anciens (Council of Elders).

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

The modern era has unfolded in the shadow of the French Revolution.

Napoleon crowns himself Emperor

1804

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