Paris History: The French Revolution - Key dates

The French Revolution is one of the most important events in modern history. It has changed history deeply ...

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Paris History - The French Revolution

The French Revolution most famous date is the 14th of July as it is today the national day : The Parisians took the Bastille jail - This was the start of numerous changes in France and even Europe with the rise a few years later of Napoleon


French Revolution of 1789

The French Revolution was more radical than the American Revolution (A few years before), and had a far greater impact on 19th century Europe. The unthinkable fall of the Bourbons kings resonated throughout Europe, sparking a series of revolutions which rallied behind liberalism and nationalism...

Before the revolution the French people were divided into 3 groups: the 1st estate consisted of the clergy, the second estate of the nobility and the third estate of the bourgeoisie, urban workers, and peasants. Legally the first two estates enjoyed many privileges, particularly exemption from most taxation. The third estate, the common people, was by far the largest group of people in France.

Key Dates of French Revolution :

  • Parisians mobilized, and on Jul. 14, 1789 and stormed the Bastille fortress
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, was adopted by the Assembly on Aug. 26, 1789
  • The King and the Queen were halted when escaping (June 20–21, 1791)  at Varennes
  • On Apr. 20, 1792, war was declared on Austria, and the French Revolutionary Wars began
  • Louis XVI was guillotined on Jan. 21, 1793
  • Napoleon come back from Egypt in 1799 and became within monthes First Consul of France
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