Napoleon’s rise to power and starting the revolution
1789 - 1804
Napoleon rapidly rose through the military ranks since the beginning of the revolution, setting the stage for him to later become dictator. While tensions grew in the third estate leaving the ground fertile for a revolution.
Tennis Court Oath
The Tennis Court Oath was a meeting where the third estate vowed, “Not to separate, and to reassemble wherever the circumstance requires, until the constitution of the kingdom is established.
Storming of the Bastille
The third estate stormed the Bastille to take gunpowder to arm themselves, free the prisoners, and then destroy it brick by brick because it was representative of the monarchy’s power.
King Louis caught escaping
6/20/1791 - 6/21/1791
King Louis and his wife, fearing the growing power of the revolution attempted to flee France. But were apprehended and imprisoned.
King Louis Executed
After being found guilty of treason King Louis and his wife were executed by guillotine.
5/18/1803 - 11/20/1815
The Napoleonic wars were wars waged by Napoleon that expanded the territory and power of France. Until Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo.
Napoleon Declared Dictator
After discovering and foiling an assassination plot against him Napoleon declared himself dictator of France.
Congress of Vienna
1/11/1814 - 1/6/1815
The Congress of Vienna was a meeting of European ambassadors chaired by Klemens Von Matternich.
Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo
Napoleon’s defeat at the battle of Waterloo was the beginning of Napoleon’s downfall, concluded the Napoleonic Wars, and lead to his exile.
French territory shrinks
As a result of Napoleon’s defeat the territory he gained in the Napoleonic wars was lost.