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The decrees of 4 August 1789, also known as the August Decrees, were a set of 19 articles passed by the National Constituent Assembly during the French Revolution (1789-1799) which abolished feudalism in France and ended the tax exemption privileges of the upper classes. Although not without flaws, the passage of the decrees was a significant achievement of the Revolution.

More about: August Decrees


  • 14 Jul 1789
    The Bastille in Paris is stormed.
  • c. 19 Jul 1789 - c. 6 Aug 1789
    The Great Fear sweeps across the French countryside, as peasants attack the feudal estates of the nobility.
  • 4 Aug 1789
    The National Constituent Assembly discards their privileges, decides to abolish feudalism in France.
  • 11 Aug 1789
    In France, the August Decrees are passed.