french revolution

french revolution

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  • On May 5, 1789, after bad harvests and costly wars, King Louis XVI is forced to  convene his ancient assembly in order to raise taxes. Voters drafted petitions of grievance. 
  • The revolution is beginning. France has had many riots and revolts that have started to spark the French Revolution.
  • Third Estate declares itself the "Assembly of the Nation" on June 17, 1789
  • Ones of the National Assembly, took the Tennis Court Oath vowing not to separate and reassemble wherever the circumstances required, until the constitution of the kingdom is established. June 20, 1789
  • There had been a rumor that the king had been planning a military coup against the national assembly. The people decided to defend their city and marched to the Bastille prison for gunpowder. 
  • On July 14, 1789 rioters stormed the Bastille fortress in an attempt to secure gunpowder and weapons. 
  • Soon enough a statement of fundamental political rights came and claimed equal rights for men and access to the public office based on talents, not status. This was the Declaration of the Rights of Man. 
  • A wave of senseless panic spread through the French countryside after the storming of the Bastille in 1789. 
  • Abolition of monarchy and the establishment of French republic had come. On January 21, 1793, King Louis XVI was condemned to death for high treason and crimes against the state, his wife Marie Antoinette suffered the same death 9 months later.
  • In April 1492, the newly elected Legislative Assembly declared war on Austria and Prussia.
  • But in June of 1793, the Jacobin's seized control of the National Convention and established a new calendar and eradication of Christianity.
  • Executive power would now lie in the hands of a 5 member Directory appointed by parliament. Royalists and Jacobin's protested the new regime but were silenced by the army. The army was now led by Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • November 9, 1799, Napoleon staged a coup d'etat and this event marked the end of the French Revolution and the beginning of the Napoleonic era in which France would dominate much of continental Europe. 
  • The Directory's four years in power were riddled with financial crisis, popular discontent, inefficiency, and political corruption.
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