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Financial Crisis of 1787-1789

1787 - 1789

The state was nearing bankruptcy and outlays outpaced income. This was because of France’s financial obligations stemming from involvement in the Seven Years War and its participation in the American Revolutionary War

Estates General


The Estates-General was the first meeting since 1614 of the French Estates-General, a general assembly representing the French estates of the realm, The first Estate, The Second Estate and The Third Estate. https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT2dyNaknYcMJ_IvCQ2awqFXW46WMMPPF_5rwPI-Z_43zySkWut


1789 - 1815

The French Counter-Revolution was composed of various groups both in and outside of France who were opposed to the French Revolution and actively sought to change its course. It fit the Constitution because they weren't doing anything against the law.

Tennis Court Oath

20 June 1789

The Tennis Court Oath was a pivotal event during the first days of the French Revolution. The Oath was a pledge signed by 576 of the 577 members from the Third Estate who were locked out of a meeting of the Estates-General on 20 June 1789

Storming Bastille

July 14, 1789

The storming of the Bastille prison on July 14th 1789 was an event that paved the way to further civil disorder and overhaul in France.

Great Fear

July 19, 1789 - August 3, 1789

Peasant rebellions helped cause a subsequent general panic known as the “Great Fear”

declaration of the rights of man and the citizen

August 26, 1789

A fundamental document of the French Revolution and in the history of human rights, defining the individual and collective rights of all the estates of the realm as universal. Influenced by the doctrine of "natural right", the rights of man are held to be universal.

Creation of National Assembly

26 August 1789

This newly created assembly immediately attached itself to the capitalists — the sources of the credit needed to fund the national debt — and to the common people. They consolidated the public debt and declared all existing taxes to have been illegally imposed, but voted in these same taxes provisionally, only as long as the Assembly continued to sit.

Important Actions of the National Convention

September, 1792 - October, 1795

During the French Revolution, the National Convention , in France, comprised the constitutional and legislative assembly. It held executive power in France during the first years of the French First Republic.

Creation of National Convention

20 September 1792 - 26 October 1795

The Convention held its first session in a hall of the Tuileries, then it sat in the Salle du Manège, and finally from 10 May 1793 in that of the Spectacles (or Machine), an immense hall in which the deputies were but loosely scattered. This last hall had tribunes for the public, who often influenced the debate by interruptions or by applause.

Execution of Louis XVI

21 January 1793

It was a major event of the French Revolution. After events on the 10 August 1792, which saw the fall of the monarchy after the attack on the Tuileries by insurgents, Louis was arrested, interned in the Temple prison with his family, tried for high treason before the National Convention, found guilty by almost all (and 'not guilty' by none), and condemned to death by a slight majority. His execution made him the first victim of the Reign of Terror. His wife Marie Antoinette was guillotined on 16 October, the same year.

Reign of Terror

5 September 1793 - 28 July 1794

A period of violence that occurred after the onset of the French Revolution, incited by conflict between rival political factions, the Girondins and the Jacobins, and marked by mass executions of "enemies of the revolution". The death toll ranged in the tens of thousands, with 16,594 executed by guillotine (2,639 in Paris),[2] and another 25,000 in summary executions across France

Napoleon's Rise to Power


Napoleon Bonaparte's actions as a military and political leader in France, can be credited as having shaped the politics of Europe during the 19th century. He trained as an artillery officer, he was prolific at strategy and led two winning campaigns against opposing coalitions.

Invasion of Russia

1812 - 1813

The French Invasion of Russia in 1812, also known as the Russian Campaign in France, was a turning point during the Napoleonic Wars. It reduced the French and allied invasion forces. It follows the rights of man becausewar is not illegal

Exile To Elba

April 11, 1814 - April 12, 1814

Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France and one of the greatest military leaders abdicates the throne, and banished from the island of Elba. The Declaration of Rights of Man gives government the power, and here they decided not to let him stay in Elba.

Congress of Vienna

September 1814 - June 1815

A Conference of Ambassadors of Europeon States. The objective of the Congress was to settle the many issues arising from the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire.

Battle of Waterloo

June 18, 1815

A battle with an Imperial French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition. War is not illegal therefore it doesn't break the Declaration Rights of Man.