Louis XVI calls together the first, second, and third estates to Versailles to find a plan to fix the financial crisis. To figure out a solution each estate had a vote by order. This was a shift away from democracy because nothing was changed from the meeting.
The March on Versailles
The third estate declared themselves as the national assembly.after they were out voted. They took the pledge to not leave each other until a new constitution was put in place. After the overthrow of absolute monarchy they put in the constitution of 1791. This was a shift towards democracy because it was the building for the start of the revolution.
The Reign of Terror
On July 14, 1789, More than 800 Parisians stormed the prison known as the Bastille. The storming of the Bastille was know as French independence day. This is a shift towards democracy because it was the start of the revolution.
The Rise of Napoleon
On October 5th, around six thousand women marched to Versailles from Paris. The women had pick forks and demanded to get bread and to see the king. The king realized he had no choice and promised to agree to there terms. This was a shift towards democracy because the king was losing power.
We want the king!
We want bread!
The reign of terror lasted from September 1793 to July 1794. Robespierre was one of the chief architects that killed thousands under the guillotine. Spectators that watched people get executed cried out "Hail to the Republic." This was a shift towards democracy because the king and queen were killed and replaced with a republic.
Hail to the republic!
Off with his head!
Napoleon rises to power and crowns himself as emperor of France. He reforms France by strengthening central government. Napoleon builds an emperor across all of Europe with great military success. This is a shift away from democracy because Napoleon rose to take absolute power.