The Estates General had not met for 175 years. It was a group of representatives for all three estates brought together to note on new laws.
The rise of Napoleon and creation of an Empire
Napoleon rapidly rose through the ranks of the military during the French Revolution.
The storming of Bastille
A mob storms the royal prison stealing weapons and making an important statement "down with the king"
The tennis court oath
June 20, 1789 - 1791
The tennis court oath was a pledge that was signed in the early days of the French Revolution and was an important revolutionary act that displayed the belief that political authority came from the nation's people and not from the monarchy.
The Reign of Terror
The revolution becomes even more violent with a period marked by mass executions of "enemies of the revolution."
Napoleon's Empire Collapses
Napoleon surrendered and gave up the French throne, ending his reign.
The congress of Vienna
A meeting of ambassadors of European states chaired by Austrian statesman held in Vienna