The French Revolution


The Meeting of the Estates General

May 5th, 1789

King Louis XVI called this meeting on May 5th, 1789. King Louis XVI called the meeting because the French government was struggling financially. It took place in Versailles.

The Tennis Court Oath

June 20th 1789

During this day, the Third Estate decided to break from the Estates General. The Third Estate also made their own constitution. They dubbed themselves the Nation Assembly.

The Storming of the Bastille

July 14th, 1789

This event was the start of the French Revolution and the eventual fall of the French monarchy. The fortress was used to imprison people who didn't agree with the monarchy.

The Reign of Terror

September 5th, 1793 - July 27th, 1794

This was the period where people who were revolting killed others who were thought to be traitors to the French Revolution. Over 40,000 people were killed.

The Rising of Napoleon and the Creation of an Empire

November 1799 - December 2nd, 1804

During Napoleon's reign, he conquered Egypt, Belgium, Holland, much of Italy, Austria, much of Germany, Poland and Spain. He crowned himself in 1804 to demonstrate that he has more power than the pope.

The Congress of Vienna

November 1814 - June 1815

The Congress of Vienna is a meeting where the four powers that defeated Napoleon came together to discuss issues. Issues such as a new balance of power.

Napoleon's Empire Collapses

June 18th, 1815

After the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled to Elba. He later died there.