French Revolution (1789 - 1799) Commoners attempted to overthrow the French monarchy and have an equal government
Factors that led to the Revolution
Meeting of the Estates Gerneral
Members of Frances third estate came together to bring down the absolute monarchy and rule together equally.
The Tennis Court Oath
A large factor that lead to the French Revolution was that many French commoners could not afford food because their was a shortage. Another cause for the revolution was that their was a growing resentment among the lower classes.
The Storming of the Bastille
The Estates General was a meeting between the members of the three estates. Each estate had one vote on problems such as taxes and country reforms.
The Great Fear
Members of the National Assembly were locked out of their meeting room so instead broke down the door of an indoor tennis court. They said they would not leave until a constitution was written.
A mob of members of the third estate went to the Bastille Prison in Paris. They stormed the prison looking for gunpowder and other weaponry. They destroyed almost the whole building, bringing it to the ground.
The Great Fear was a widespread panic throughout France. This occurred from July to August of 1789.