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Financial crisis

Feb 22, 1787 - jan 15, 1789

On Feb 22, the First Assembly of Notables was called. The raising of taxes was discussed and rejected; causing the third estate to continue to get angrier at the unfair taxing. This is a betrayal to the declaration of independence of a man because they are not treating all men equally. This became a crisis because the Third Estate was becoming so poor that many people were starving because they could not afford bread.


feb 1789

The Estates-General of 1789 was a general assembly representing the French estates, the clergy (First Estate), the nobles (Second Estate), and the common people (Third Estate). Called by King louis XVI to propose solutions to his government's financial problems, the Estates-General sat for several weeks in May and June 1789 but came to a standstill as the three estates clashed and solved nothing.

The Creation of the National Assembly

June 17, 1789

One month after the Estates-General, the members of the third estate declared themselves as the National Assembly, since they represented at least 96% of the nation. They took sovereign powers in respect of taxation and decided to frame a constitution restricting the powers of the king. Henceforth, sovereignty was to reside not in the person of the monarch but in the nation, which would exercise it through the representatives it elected. This revolutionary idea was expressed in the 1791 and 1795 constitutions.

The Storming of Bastille

July 14, 1789

The French mob stormed the Bastille, which was a big old castle that was used as a prison. After they freed everyone inside, they burned it down.After that, King Louis the 16th started taking them seriously, but eventually he was brought down and got his head chopped off.

The Great Fear

july 15, 1789 - 1799

Violence spread throughout the French countryside after the Storming of Bastille. Rumors were spread that the feudal lords had hired robbers to murder peasants. This rumor was not true, but it flamed fear, that lead to the peasants uprising against their local lords. Peasants broke into manor houses, killed many of the nobles, and took possession of their properties. This wave of violence is known as the great fear.

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen

August 26, 1789

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen was the French's version of the American Constitution.