The French Revolution

The revolution that led to many changes in French government and in Europe in general.

Main Events.

Coronation of Louis XVI at Reims.

1773 - 1774

Start of the American War of Independence

1775 - 1783

France declares war against Great Britain.

1778 - 1779

France declares war against Great Britain in support of the American colonies. The subsequent war worsens the debt situation further.

Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès publishes What is the Third Estate?

1789 - 1790

January - Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès publishes What is the Third Estate? (Qu'est-ce que le tiers-état ?).

Meeting of the Estates-General.

1789 - 1790

Meeting of the Estates-General - voting to be by Estate, not by head

Former Provinces of France replaced by new administrative Departments.

1790 - 1791

Former Provinces of France replaced by new administrative Departments.

Feudal Committee National Assembly, delaying the abolition of feudalism.

1790 - 1791

Feudal Committee reports back to National Assembly, delaying the abolition of feudalism.

Legislative Assembly meets.

1791 - 1792

Legislative Assembly meets - many young, inexperienced, radical deputies.

Alliance of Austria and Prussia

1791 - 1792

Alliance of Austria and Prussia

Mirabeau elected President of the Assembly

1791 - 1792

Food riots in Paris

1792 - 1793

Food riots in Paris

Citizen Louis Capet guillotined.

1793 - 1794

Citizen Louis Capet guillotined, formerly known as Louis XVI.

Final 'pacification' of the Vendée.

1794 - 1795

Final 'pacification' of the Vendée - mass killings, scorched earth policy.

Suppression of the Paris Revolutionary Tribunal.

1795 - 1796

Suppression of the Paris Revolutionary Tribunal.

Executive Directory takes on executive power.

1795 - 1796

Executive Directory takes on executive power.

Marriage of Napoleon Bonaparte and Joséphine de Beauharnais

1796 - 1797

Marriage of Napoleon Bonaparte and Joséphine de Beauharnais

Battle of the Trebia.

1799 - 1800

Battle of the Trebia (Suvorov defeats French)

Constitution of the Year VIII.

1799 - 1800

Constitution of the Year VIII - leadership of Napoleon established under the Consulate. French Revolution may be considered ended.