Timeline of the French Revolution

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The following is a timeline of the French Revolution.


French Revolution
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The execution of Louis XVI on the Place de la Révolution (now Place de la Concorde) (January 21, 1793)
Location France
ParticipantsFrench society

1788 – The royal treasury is empty; Prelude to the Revolution

1789 – The Revolution Begins; the Estates-General and the Constituent Assembly

Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes, who proposed that the Third Estate become the National Assembly (June 10, 1789) Sieyes depute Assemblee nationale.JPG
Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, who proposed that the Third Estate become the National Assembly (June 10, 1789)

January 1789

April 1789

May 1789

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Jean Sylvain Bailly, leader of the Third Estate (1789)

June 1789

July 1789

July 14, 1789 – The Siege and Surrender of the Bastille

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Lafayette in 1791

August 1789

August 27, 1789 – Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

October 6, 1789 – Women's March on Versailles

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The Women's March on Versailles (October 5–6, 1789)

1790 – the Rise of the Political Clubs

July 14, 1790 – Fête de la Fédération

1791 – The unsuccessful flight of the Royal Family from Paris

June 20–21, 1791 – The Royal Family flees Paris

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King Louis XVI returns to Paris after his attempted flight (June 25, 1791)
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The National Guard fires on demonstrators in the Champ de Mars (July 17, 1791)

1792 – War and the overthrow of the monarchy

August 10, 1792 – Storming of the Tuileries; Downfall of the King

September 2–7, 1792 – Massacres in Paris prisons

September 20, 1792 – French victory at Valmy; Debut of the Convention

December 10, 1792-January 21, 1793 – Trial and Execution of Louis XVI

1793 – France at war against Europe; The Jacobins seize power; The Terror begins

Uprising in the Vendée

April 6–May 30, 1793 - Committee on Public Safety takes control of government

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The triumph of Marat after his release from arrest

May 31-June 2, 1793 – The Jacobin Coup d'État

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Sans-culottes threaten deputy Lanjuinais, on the podium during the takeover of the Convention (June 2, 1793)

July 13, 1793 – Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday

September 17, 1793 – The Reign of Terror begins

October 16, 1793 – The execution of Marie-Antoinette

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Marie-Antoinette in the Temple Prison (1793)

1794 – The fury of the Terror, the Cult of the Supreme Being, and the Downfall of Robespierre

March 30, 1794 – The arrest and trial of Danton and Desmoulins

June 8, 1794 – Festival of the Supreme Being; Acceleration of the Terror

July 26–28, 1794 – Arrest and execution of Robespierre; End of the Terror

1795 – The Directory Replaces the Convention

May 20–24, 1795 – Last Paris uprising by the Jacobins and sans-culottes

June 25-July 27, 1795 – Renewed uprisings in the Vendée and a royalist invasion of Brittany

August 22-September 23, 1795 – The new Constitution is approved: the Directory takes power

October 5, 1795 – "A whiff of grapeshot": General Bonaparte suppresses a royalist rebellion in Paris

1796 – Napoleon's campaign in Italy; Defeat of the royalists in the Vendée; a failed uprising in Paris

1797 – Bonaparte chases the Austrians from Italy; a republican coup d'état against the royalists in Paris

September 4, 1797 – A republican coup d'état against the royalists

1798 – New republics in Switzerland and Italy; an election annulled; Bonaparte invades Egypt

1799 – France at War in Italy and Germany; Bonaparte returns from Egypt; the Consulate seizes power; End of the Revolution

Conflicts between the Directory and the Legislature (June 1799)

Bonaparte returns to France (October 9, 1799)

The Coup d'État of November 9–10

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Notes and CItations

  1. Jean Tulard, Jean-François Fayard, Alfred Fierro, Histoire et dictionnaire de la Révolution française, Robert Laffont,
  2. Jean Tulard, Jean-François Fayard, Alfred Fierro, Histoire et dictionnaire de la Révolution française, Robert Laffont, Paris, 1998. (In French)
  3. Tulard, Fayard and Fierro, p. 318.
  4. Tulard, Fayard, and Fierro 1998, p. 79.
  5. 1 2 Tulard, Fayard, Fierro 1998, p. 339.
  6. Ghachem, Malick W. The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  7. Mignet, François (1834). "History of the French Revolution, from 1789 to 1814" . Retrieved October 16, 2016. [H]e thought he ought not to reject a symbol, meaningless for him, but in the eyes of the people, that of liberty; he placed on his head a red cap presented to him on the top of a pike. The multitude were quite satisfied with this condescension. A moment or two afterwards, they loaded him with applause, as, almost suffocated with hunger and thirst, he drank off, without hesitation, a glass of wine presented to him[.]
  8. Tulard, Fayard, Fierro 1996, pp. 1094–1095.
  9. Howe, Foreign Policy and the French Revolution, Springer, 2008, p. 113.
  10. Cited in Tulard, Fayard and Fierro, Histoire et dictionnaire de la Révolution française (1998), p. 1113
  11. Koch, Christophe-Guillaume, Histoire abrégée des traités de paix entre les puissances de l'Europe, depuis la Paix de Westphalie, Tome I, Méline, Cans & Compagnie, Bruxelles, 1857, p. 550. (French)
  12. "To What Extent Was Robespierre the Driving Force of the Great Terror?…". coggle.it.
  13. The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny by Ian Davidson, p. xiv
  14. Tulard, Fayard, Fierro 1998, p. 369.
  15. Lazare Carnot, republican patriot, by Huntley Dupre, p. 185-187
  16. Richard T. Bienvenu (1968) The Ninth of Thermidor, p. 223
  17. Ministère de l'Intérieur: Police nationale, République française, Histoire, section La Révolution française (1789-1799), (French)
  18. Traité de Réunion de la République de Genève à la France, 26 April 1798. (In French)
  19. Thiers, Adolphe, Histoire de la Révolution française, 1839 (Ninth edition), Volume 10, Chapter XIII, Project Gutenberg digital edition
  20. Tulard, Fayard and Fierro, p. 410.



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