Selected Timelines & Maps on the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Websites with Timelines and Maps


Websites with Timelines

Institution: University College London, Art Museum

The Art Museum of the University College London has compiled a timeline of the French Revolution, not only noting the key events of the conflict that changed the face of Europe, but also including a sidebar of corresponding artwork illustrating many of those events, both from contemporary and more current artists. The Teaching Pack with Contemporary Prints makes accessible a wide range of visual and textual resources for exploring the French Revolution in both Britain and France. Works include both pro-revolution and anti-revolution caricature prints produced in France and Britain, such as prints of male and female sans-culottes, the destruction of the Bastille, the death of Marat and the execution of Louis XVI, portrait prints of revolutionary figures from the Tableau Historique (a series issued in instalments in the early 19th century) and a sheet of post-revolutionary bank notes.



Institution: Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and American Social History Project, City University of New York

This timeline allows users to scroll through key events leading up to, during, and after the French Revolution, as well as those associated with the rise of Napoleon and his reign. It is part of a larger website created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Social History Project, and the Florence Gould Foundation. This larger website of the project Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité: Exploring the French Revolution includes essays introducing the subject, a timeline of events, and a glossary of terms. Associated primary documents include 338 texts and 245 images, as well as maps and songs. First launched in 2001 under the guidance of historians Lynn Hunt (University of California, Los Angeles) and Jack Censer (George Mason University), the site continues to function.



Institution: Alpha History, Australia

Alpha History, an Australian-based group with academically trained authors and contributors worldwide, has compiled a collection of timelines and maps connected to the French Revolution. It includes detailed timelines of the years 1789 to 1795 and maps of France prior to the Revolution, an ecclesiastical map of France in 1789, a map with special focus on the French provinces, and a map illustrating the local governments throughout the country at the time of the Revolution.



Institution: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts created this in depth, illustrated timeline to document with contemporary art the crucial events constituting the rise and fall of one of the world’s most well known and impactful French military leaders, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821). At its height in 1810, the Napoleonic Empire (1803–1815) covered most of Europe.



Institution: The History Website of the Fondation Napoléon, Paris

The Fondation Napoléon, a historical foundation located in Paris and since 2000 led by the historian Thierry Lentz, is made up of professionals and specialists in military history, the history of the arts and library and information science. This team created the general website that includes the timeline on the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), with a special focus on the famous leader’s early life, his coming to power, and then key events that took place after he started his reign. also offers a lot of additional material, including several more special timelines on the history of the Napoleonic Wars, the Napoleonic Empire (1804–1815) and the Second Empire (1852-1870) under Napoleon III.



Websites with Maps

Institution: The Napoleon Series, Waterloo Association

The Napoleon Series  provides high quality maps on the various battles, campaigns, and other items of interest on the Napoleonic Wars. These maps are from a variety of sources and about 75 percent of them are in color. Often the maps provide details of terrain and unit deployments that are not available any place else.



Institution: United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

In 1938, the predecessors of today's Department of History at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, began developing a series of campaign atlases to aid in teaching cadets a course entitled, “History of the Military Art.” Since then, the Department has produced over six atlases and more than one thousand maps, encompassing not only America’s wars, but global conflicts as well, including many maps documenting the campaigns during the Napoleonic Wars.