The French Revolution

Timeline created by Max ripley
  • Poor harvests/ finacial crisis

    Poor harvests/ finacial crisis
    In the mid-late 1700's France started to have problems with crops as well as problems with their economy. During the financial problems in France there were many things happening and many people being affected by this crisis. There was a poor harvest that caused bread to increase in price. Bread is the main staple in a person’s diet in France during this time, and the high prices of bread started to cause people to starve. This primary source was during the financial crisis, and the Estates held
  • Famine

    Famine
    Starvation started with the downfall in food and increased cost in food. Before the French Revolution, France went through a financial crisis. Many people started to starve from not being able to afford food. That began the famine in France that effected many people. This primary source shows what life was like during the famine in France, and I believe it is a good primary source for the famine.
  • Storming of the Bastille

    The revolutionaries storm a prison named Bastille in order to get gunpowder.
  • Start of the Constitution

    Start of the Constitution
    The French Constitution of 1791 was the first written constitution of France. During the summer of 1789, the Assembly began the process of writing a constitution. By August 26, 1789 the Assembly published the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. It compromised a statement of principles but had no legal effect. The Declaration stated over a large amount of principles but did nothing to set up a form of government. The National Constituent Assembly moved towards the direction of ha
  • Constitution Opposition

    The Civil Constitution of the Clergy, passed on 12 July 1790, turned the remaining clergy into employees of the state. Basically they now had an electoral system and a state salary. Many Catholics didn’t like this because they though it took power away from the Pope. When the clergy were required to swear loyalty to the constitution, only about 24% actually did it, the rest remained loyal to the Pope, creating a schism. The pope never accepted the constitution, creating religious tension in Fran
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    Food riots

    Due to shortage of food, food riots begin.
  • The food riots

    The food riots
    Food riots (French)
    The food riots were riots and mass hunger that plagued Paris in winter 1792, and spring 1793. These riots led to the election of Maximilien Robespierre to the c committee of public safety. This committee was made to deal with the food shortages and the riots. The women were mad about their childeren not being fed, and this fuelled their rage.
  • Coup of 18 Brumaire

    Coup of 18 Brumaire
    The coup 18 Brumaire was general Napoleon Bonaparte going against the government to overthrow the French directory. He replaced the French directory with the French consulate. All of this happened on 9/11/1799. The events of this day were the councils resigning their power. Three of the five directors resigned, making the directory practically abolished. The remaining two directors continued to protest. Both of the remaining directors were arrested.
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    Congress of vienna

    The Congress of Vienna was basically a meeting of many countries in order to remake Europe after Napoleon the 1st’s downfall. Many important decisions were made at this conference including many territorial decisions. This event was caused by Napoleon’s downfall and was very important to the revolution because it said what was going to be the future of Europe.
  • Napoleon's Abdication

    Napoleon's Abdication
    Members of Austria, Prussia, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom drove napoleon out of Germany, and swept into France, after the Battle of Paris they started negations with the French about dethroning Napoleon. This event culminated in the signing of the treaty of Fontainebleau (An excerpt is below which is my primary source.) The terms of the treaty focused on what was to be done with Napoleon, mainly it stripped him of all power over the French Empire. Not only that but it prevented his bl