Year One

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For the school year, see Year One (education). For the film, see Year One (film). For the year, see 1.

The term "Year One" in political history usually refers to the institution of radical, revolutionary change. This usage dates from the time of the French Revolution. After the official abolition of the French monarchy on 21 September 1792, the National Convention instituted the new French Revolutionary Calendar. It declared the day after abolition – 22 September, redesignated as 1 Vendémiaire – to be the first day of the Republic and the beginning of Year I.[1]

Use by DC Comics[edit]

Frank Miller adopted this term for his DC Comics comic-book story arc Batman: Year One (Batman #404–407), retelling the Batman origin story in the "Post-Crisis" DC Universe. This comic established the expression DC later used in other comic books. Year One books include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Doyle, William (1990). The Oxford History of the French Revolution (2 ed.). Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. p. 194. ISBN 9780199252985.