French Revolution By: Tyler Z and Nick R

Classification regarding the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen: Blue = Pro, Red = Anti, Green = Cause/Neutral


Financial Crisis of 1787

1787 - 1789

King Louis XVI and his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette, start spending money until the economy is close to bankruptcy.

The French Counterrevolution

1789 - 1815

The King, the 1st and 2nd estates, and multiple other groups revolt against the French Revolution.



The Estates General was the Legislative Branch in France made up of representatives from each of the 3 estates. In 1789, the fact that the Clergy and Nobles (1st and 2nd estates) could and were outvoting the 3rd estate was officially noticed.

Creation of the National Assembly

6/17/1789 - 7/9/1789

Made decisions for France when the Estates-General was disbanded and before the National Constituent Assembly was assembled.

Tennis Court Oath


The 577 members of the 3rd estate are locked out of a meeting of the Estates-General. 576 of the members then hold their own meeting on a tennis court.

Storming of the Bastille


Paris, France: The massive, medieval prison, representing the royal authority of France, was torn to the ground by the 3rd estate.

The Great Fear

7/19/1789 - 8/3/1789

Large peasant rebellions, directed towards the monarchical government, cause a subsequent general panic in the streets of France.

Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen


The French version of the Declaration of Independence is approved by the National Assembly. It is further edited in 1793.

The National Convention

9/20/1792 - 10/26/1795

Made the Legislative and Constitutional Decisions in France at this point in the French Revolution.

Execution of King Louis XVI


Louis XVI, the last king of France, is executed by the people by guillotine.

The Reign of Terror

9/5/1793 - 7/28/1794

Put into effect by Robespierre; marked by mass executions of enemies of the revolution. The death toll ranged in the tens of thousands, with about 17,000 executed by guillotine and another 25,000 in other executions.

Napoleon's Rise to Power


Trained as an artillery officer, he wasgood at strategy and led two winning campaigns against rival armies. He then installed himself as the First Consul in 1799. 5 years later, the French Senate had named him Emperor of France.

Napoleon Overthrows the French Driectory


Concordant of 1801


Napoleon makes peace with the Catholic Church.

The Russian Campaign of France


Napoleon leads France into a war against Russia. Napoleon's 'undefeated reputation" was severely damaged, and many of France's allies start having second thoughts about him.

Napoleon arrives at Elba Island


The people of France exile Napoleon to Elba in response to his mindset towards reviving the Empire of France.
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The Congress of Vienna

9/1814 - 6/1815

A group of ambassadors from European countries. The objective of the meetings were to solve the issues arising from the French Revolutionary and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire.

Napoleon returns from Elba


Battle of Waterloo


Present Day Belgium: A French Army, lead by Napoleon, is defeated by the 7th Coalition during their invasion of Prussia (Russia).
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