French Revolution Timeline

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  • Louis XVI

    Louis XVI
    Louis XVI was the king of France during the French Revolution. He first appeared in the French Revolution when his policies increased France's debt, which was the start of the French Revolution.
  • Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette
    Marie Antoinette was the Queen of France during the French Revolution. She got married to King Louis XVI at a young age. Although France's economic problems were not her fault, she was blamed from many things.
  • Olympe de Gouges

    Olympe de Gouges
    Olympe de Gouges was a feminist writer during the French Revolution. She published many pieces, such as the Declaration of Women's Rights.
  • Jacques Necker

    Jacques Necker
    Jacques Necker was a director of finance and was a caused some of the financial problems in France. He also lost his job as the finance minister. He greatly struggled with solving France's financial problems.
  • Plebiscite

    Plebiscite
    A plebiscite is when a country votes to decide on an issue. It was popular during and after the French Revolution. This is what made Napoleon emperor.
  • Bourgeoisie

    Bourgeoisie
    The Bourgeoisie was the middle-class in France before the French Revolution. Skilled workers and craftspeople made up this social class.
  • Cahiers

    Cahiers
    This was the list of grievances that the public had. They were sent to the Estates-General by the ordering of King Louis XVI.
  • Maximilien Roespierre

    Maximilien Roespierre
    Maximilien Robespierre was a leader of the Reign of Terror. He encouraged executions because he was the leader of the Committee of Public Safety. He was a representative in the Estates-General.
  • Marquis de Lafayette

    Marquis de Lafayette
    Marquis de Lafayette was the commander of the Paris National Guard during the French Revolution. He briefly left France and fought in the American Revolution before the French Revolution. He fled the country after being asked to protect the royal family.
  • Estates-General

    Estates-General
    The Estates-General was the meeting of the three estates to discuss the financial and economic problems in France. It was called by King Louis XVI.
  • Writing of the Declaration of the Rights of Men

    Writing of the Declaration of the Rights of Men
    The Declaration of the Rights of Men consists of the fundamentals that inspired the French Revolution. It described the rights of men in the Third Estate's eyes. It was written by the National Assembly during the Tennis Court Oath. It was ratified between August 20 and August 26, 1789.
  • Parisians Storm The Bastille

    Parisians Storm The Bastille
    French revolutionaries stormed the royal prison, which began the French Revolution. They stormed it because they were done with being treated unfairly. They stormed the Bastille because it was a symbol of the monarch's cruel fair. It was important because it began the French Revolution. It also showed the wealthy citizens that the Third Estate was serious, and they were sick of being treated unfairly.
  • Women's March on Versailles

    Women's March on Versailles
    A group of women began to revolt after the price of bread was raised. They marched all the way from Paris to the palace in Versailles. At the end of the march, the king and queen went back to Paris with the group and never returned to Versailles.
  • Establishment of the New Constitution

    Establishment of the New Constitution
    The New Constitution was established in 1791. It was created by the National Assembly. It lasted for less than a year. It combined Enlightenment and American Revolutionary ideas.
  • Louis XIV's flight from Paris

    Louis XIV's flight from Paris
    Louis and his family has to escape Versailles after the Women's March. They were found by Jean-Baptiste Drouet. They were sent to prison, tried for treason, and executed.
  • Sans-Culottes

    Sans-Culottes
    This was a label of the supporters of violence during the French Revolution. This term referred to the outfit that people wore instead of wearing the wealthier clothes. Many poorer people used this term to describe themselves.
  • Attack on the Tuileries Palace

    Attack on the Tuileries Palace
    The Parisians attacked another monument. This palace was where King Louis XVI lived. They raided the palace and killed many of the Swiss Guards. The Legislative Assembly ended the monarchy to solve this conflict in Paris.
  • Jacobin

    Jacobin
    The Jacobin was a popular group during the French Revolution. They also were the leaders of the Revolutionary government. They also were the main instituters of the Reign of Terror.
  • Louis XVI is executed

    Louis XVI is executed
    King Louis had to call the Estates-General to solve the financial problems in France, which sparked the start of the French Revolution. He resisted reforming the monarchy to save France. His family was forced to move to Tuileries. Louis and Marie were very opposed by the French citizens. Once he passed the constitution, they were considered figureheads, not monarchs. Later, they were both put on treason and executed.
  • Marie Antoinette is executed

    Marie Antoinette is executed
    King Louis had to call the Estates-General to solve the financial problems in France, which sparked the start of the French Revolution. He resisted reforming the monarchy to save France. His family was forced to move to Tuileries. Louis and Marie were very opposed by the French citizens. Once he passed the constitution, they were considered figureheads, not monarchs. Later, they were both put on treason and executed.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte

    Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon Bonaparte rose up in the military during the French Revolution until he gained power. He became the emperor of France in 1804. He conquered many different European countries for France.
  • Napoleon Overthrows the Directory

    Napoleon Overthrows the Directory
    Napoleon led the French army in defeating the Austria army. He also attempted to conquer Egypt, but failed. Also, he invaded Austria and Russia. He also combined many European countries with France.
  • Congress of Vienna

    Congress of Vienna
    The Congress of Vienna was a meeting between European countries to discuss reforming Europe. They also discussed how to defeat Napoleon.
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    Louis XVI calls the Estates General

    A. France was in serious debt, which caused it to tax the citizens, specifically, the poor citizens. The unfair class system also affected France's economy because it could not grow because people could barely support themselves and their family.
    B. At the Estates General, they discussed how they would vote. The Third Estate disagreed with one vote from each Estate. They created their own group, "The National Assembly". They were kicked out and met on a tennis court to discuss their rights.
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    Reign of Terror

    The Reign of Terror was a time period during the French Revolution when the Revolutionary government took harsh action against anybody they suspected were enemies of the Revolution. Many people were executed or frightened by the terrors set by the government.
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    Napoleon Builds an Empire

    Napoleon led the French army in defeating the Austria army. He also attempted to conquer Egypt, but failed. Also, he invaded Austria and Russia. He also combined many European countries with France.
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    Napoleon Invades Russia

    Napoleon's invasion of Russia was a great disaster for France. It sparked the end of the French Revolution. This invasion stopped his advance into and across Europe.
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    The Congress of Vienna

    The Congress of Vienna reshaped Europe after the Napoleonic Wars. Representatives from all over Europe came to discuss how to reorganize Europe. The Congress resulted in the most-completed treaty ever in Europe.
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    Napoleon Defeated at Waterloo

    Napoleon was declared an outlaw by the Great Powers of Europe. This began the War of the Seventh Coalition. At the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon and his army were defeated.