The French Revolution


the rise of napoleon and creation of an empire

1789 - 1799

Napoleon rose through the ranks of the military during the french revolution

The Meeting of the Estates General

May 5, 1789

King Louis XVI had called this meeting because the french government was having financial problems.This meeting was the first meeting since 1614.This is important because the french congress was beginning in the medieval period.

The Tennis Court Oath

June 20, 1789

The Tennis Court Oath was important because it was the first days of French Revolution.The Oath was signed by 576 of the 577 members from the Third Estates.Gathered in an nearby tennis court and vowed they would meet until an new constitution for france

The Storming of the Bastille

July 14, 1789

A Bastille is a state prison on the east side of Paris .The prison was attacked by angry mob.The prison had became a symbol of the dictatorial rule.This is important because this event became one of the defining moments in revolution.

The Reign of Terror

September 5,1793 - July 28,1794

a time when 40,000 people were killed for being suspected traitors to the french revolution

Napoleons Empire Collapses

April 11 1814

Napoleon’s desire for power led him to empire but also to the end of it. His efforts to crush Great Britain and expand the French Empire made him make three big mistakes.

The Congress of Vienna

November 1814

Meeting of ambassadors of European states chaired by Austrian statesman Klemens von Metternich,