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Financial Crisis

1787 - 1789

France builds up enormous
debt by participating in the
Seven Years’ War and American Revolution.

Estate General

1789 - 1799

Third Estate breaks away
from Estates-General,
establishes itself as National Assembly.

Great Fear


The main problem was
that the royal finances were
in a considerable debt due to
their spite for the British and
their hasty decision to aid the people
who were rebelling in the American Revolution.

Creation of National Convention

1789 - 1799

The national convention was elected to
prove a new constitution for the country
after the overthrow of the monarchy.

Counter Revolution

1789 - 1815

In addition, thousands of exiled French
nobles, having fled the Revolution,
successfully lobbied these foreign
governments for military intervention.

Storming Bastille

July 14, 1789

On the morning of July 14th, 1789,
a group formed of craftsmen and salesmen
decided to fight back and ran to
the Invalided to steal some weapons.

Declarations of the Rights of Man and the Citizens

August 26, 1789

National Assembly recognizes and proclaims,
in the presence and under the auspices
of the Supreme Being, the following rights
of man and of the citizen.National Assembly recognizes and proclaims,
in the presence and under the auspices
of the Supreme Being, the following rights
of man and of the citizen.

Important Actions of the National Convention

September 20, 1792 - October 26, 1795

The National Assembly was born out of
shared interest in liberty, equality and
brotherhood, but as the French Revolution
wore on, differences in political ideologies
became more obvious.

Rain of Terror

1793 - 1794

The reign of terror, the period
in the French revolution when
around forty thousand people
lost their lives in the name of
the revolution was the climax
of the French Revolution.

Execution of Louis XVI

January 21, 1793

Arrived in the wrong historical place at
the wrong time and soon found himself
overwhelmed by events beyond his control.

Napoleon’s Rise to Power

October 9, 1799

On October 9th, 1799, at Fréjus in
south-eastern France, General
Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked
from the frigate which had carried
him from Egypt, evaded British
cruisers and brought him safely
back to the French Republic.

Important Napoleonic Reforms


During the revolution, many laws
were changed. It was difficult to
determine what law applied in any
given situation, and laws were not
equally applied to everyone

Invasion to Russia


Napoleon felt he must invade
Russia. When Russia abandoned
the continental system it was just
a matter of time before war.
Napoleon was determined to
get there first and so led a
huge army of 600,000 into Russia.

Congress of Vienna

1814 - 1815

After the downfall of Napoleon
Bonaparte, this international
conference was called to create
a balance among the European
powers in such a way so as to prevent
future wars and maintain peace
and stability on the European continent.

Excel to Elba


On April 20, 1814, the dethroned
Emperor left France for the isle of
Elba, where he was exiled under
the terms of the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

Battle of Waterloo

June 18, 1815

The Battle of Waterloo, which
took place in Belgium on
June 18, 1815, marked the
final defeat of French military leader.