French Revolution


Prior to the French Revolution

seven year war ends


the war finallly ended

end of monarchy

1789 - 1799

they decided to begin constitution monarch

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, p. 62-64

feudal privileges abolished


monarche had no power over a single human after this point

Fall of the Bastille


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

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

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)