Peasants across the french countryside burn manor houses and refuse to pay feudal dues.
The Storming of the Bastille
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
Night of August 4
August 4, 1789
Aristocrats give up feudal rights and special privileges
Women's march to Versailles
The Civil Constitution of the Clergy
Church officials are elected by state, church lands are confiscated, and priests are forced to take a oath of loyalty.
Constitution of 1791
Establishes a constitutional monarchy and Active and Passive Citizens
The Legislative Assembly
1791 - 1792
Jacobins, want a republic and overthrow monarchy
Girondists, want to involve france in a war that would discredit monarchy
The National Convention
1792 - 1795
Replaces National Assembly
The Second Revolution
Paris Commune (local government) convinces legislative assembly to depose Louis XVI and elect a national convention
France declares war on Austria and Prussia
September 1, 1792 - September 7, 1792
Paris Commune executes or murders in aristocrats, priests, and other in the city's jails
Execution of Louis XVI
January 21, 1793
King tried and convicted for treason. Although Girondists tried to spare his life, the Mountain won and Louis was beheaded.
The Reign of Terror
September 1793 - July 1794
National Convention create the Committee for Public Safety. Lead by Robispierre, executed thousands of "enemies of the state." Basically, anyone who got in this way. But when he finally accused his right hand man which was too much for everyone. He was executed.
Calming down of Paris after the execution of Robespierre
1795 - 1799
Two house legislature and executive body of five men. Corrupt and unpopular
Napoleon and the Consulate
1799 - 1804
The Concordat of 1801
Napoleon makes peace with the Catholic Church. Church is no longer persecuted and France gets to keep confiscated lands.
The Napoleonic Empire
1804 - October 1813
The Defeat of Austria, Prussia, and Russia
1805 - 1807
Napoleon took all three countries in a series of brilliant military victories
The Reorganization of Germany
Napoleon dissolved the Holy Roman empire and unwittingly started a wave of nationalism
Invasion of Russia
June 1812 - December 1812
Grand alliance (Great Britain, Russia, Prussia, and Austria) defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Nations
Napoleon is exiled to island of Elba
Congress of Vienna
September 1814 - June 1815
March 1815 - June 1815
Napoleon escapes Elba and returns to France. Re-assumes power and leads an army against the Great Alliance. Is defeated at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon is shipped to St. Helena's and lived there until he died.
French Revolution of 1830
Fed up with King Charles X, the middle class and the power joined together to overthrow the king. Although the lower classes wanted a republic, the middle class wanted a constitutional monarchy and put Louis Philippe, the citizen king, on the throne
Revolution of 1848
The bourgeois dominated France during the monarchy of Louis Philippe. Monarchy collapsed in February. After bloody conflict between the workers and the capitalist middle class, French voters overwhelming elected Louis Napoleon as president of the Second French Republic.
The Second Empire
1852 - 1870
Louis Napoleon strong armed the french into electing him to Emperor Napoleon III.