Start of the French Revolution

The series of events that occurred in 1789 marked the start of the French Revolution. Following the failure of the Estates-General to reach an agreement, the National Assembly was formed on 17th June. The taking of the Bastille followed on 14th July, a symbol of absolutism, with the abolition of feudalism and all privileges on 4th August. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen was adopted on 26th August. These events overthrew the traditions of the French monarchy and led to its downfall in 1792.