The French Revolution

A timeline of the French Revolution by Evan Charbonneau


Financial Crisis


The French built up an enormous debt by participating in the Seven Year War and the American Revolution. This event starts a domino effect that starts the French Revolution.

Great Fear

1787 - 1799

The Third Class (or pheasants) began to get very afraid as shortages in grain raised the price of bread. The King rounded up the army at the capital to protect him in case of a revolution and the people thought he was going to send them to kill them.

Storming Bastille

January 14 1789

The angry and frustrated citizens of France organized a siege against Bastille, a fortress and prison, for weapons to arm themselves. They easily succeeded in taking control of the fortress and also gained a lot of weapons.

Estates General

May 1 1789

King Louis called the Estates General to a meeting in the Palace of Versailles to approve a new taxation plan. This plan was to help reduce France's national debt.

Creation of the National Assembly

June 1789 - September 1791

The National Assembly was the political body constituted by the French 3rd estate in June 1789 after the calling of the Estates General. It was dissolved in Sept 1791 to be replaced by the new Legislative Assembly.

The Tennis Court Oath

June 20 1789

The Tennis Court Oath was a meeting of the Third Estate It took place because they were kicked out of the Estates General meeting They took an oath stating that they would not leave until a Declaration of Independence was made.

Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen

August 26 1789

A document written by the Third Estate declaring their individual and natural rights. This document is very similar to the Declaration of Independence written in the United States and pieces of the document are extremely similar in their ideas... for example “Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good.” (The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen article #1) is very similar to “all men are equal” (Declaration of Independence) just worded a little differently.

The Execution of King Louis XVI

January 21 1793

King Louis XVI was executed by the revolutionaries because he was unjust to the 3rd class.

Reign of Terror

September 5 1793 - July 23 1794

The Reign of Terror, or "The Terror", was a period of time that the 3rd class killed killed thousands upon thousands of innocent people because people were believed to still wish the King was still there...