French Revolution


Seven Years War

Approx. 1756 - Approx. 1763

France's Involvement in American Revolution

Approx. 1775 - 3 September 1783

Flour Wars

Approx. April 1775 - Approx. May 1775

Riots due to the exponential increase in the cost of grains

Calling of the Estaes General

4 May 1789

Called in times of extreme political, social or finical instability, the Estates General sae all three estates convene under one roof. From the First and Second Estates, there were 561 representatives, and a further 578 from the Third. They discussed the need for more frequent meetings, the abolition of the 'lettres de cahet', to disband taxation without consent and freedom of the press

Creation of the National Assembly

17 June 1789

The Third Esate, in their frustration, declared themselves the National Assembly to take back control of their own taxation and affairs

Royal Session

23 June 1789

Amongst fears that the a revolution was immenent, the King called a Royal Session for the Estates to 'clear the air'

Storming of the Bastille

July 14, 1789

Sieged large political prison in Paris

Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen

August 26, 1789

Outlined the basic rights every French men should have such as freedom of speech, their merits be judged on skill not status, all men are born equal and no individual should have control over their fellow man

Declaration of Pilnitz

27 August 1791

King Leopold II and Holy Roman Emporer Francis II signed the Declaration of Pilnitz, announcing that if other European leaders were to intervene in the revolution they would join to restore King Louis XVI to the throne

Law of Suspects

17 September 1791

Allowed for imprisonment with trial by jury during Reign of Terror

Constitution of 1791

Approx. October 1791

Austria and Prussia Join Forces

7 February 1792

In order to intimidate the revolution, Austria and Prussia joined forces.

Creation of the National Convention

20 September 1792

The National Convention was created to replace the Legislative Assembly

King Louis XVI Executed

21 January 1793

Death of Robespierre

July 28, 1794

Directory Came to Power

2 November 1795

Outlined in the Constitution of 1795, the Directory was created with five members- Barras, Carnot, Reubell, Le Tourner and La-Reveilliere Lepeux

Coup of 18 Brumaire

November 9, 1799

Organised by Napoleon, the coup sought to replace the Directory with a more effective Consulate.

Consulate Came to Power

10 November 1799

Following the Coup 18 Brumaire on the 9th of November 1799, the Consulate was formed

Napoleon Appointed Himself to First Consule

Approx. 1800

Napoleon Declared himself Emperor

Approx. 1804