The French Revolution – A Look Back In Time

6 Jul

In terms of historical moments, a lot has happened in the past couple of weeks. Britain voted out of the EU, America celebrated its 240th independence day, there’s soon to be new US president announced in November, and July 1st marked Britain and France remembering 100 years since Battle of the Somme.

As major historical changes are forming all across the globe, it’s important to not forget those moments that changed the shape of the world today, with the French Revolution being one of the most significant eras in time. The French Revolution took place between 1789-1799 and proved to be a period of influential social and political reform in France.

The French Revolution

The French Revolution

Why is the French Revolution so important in history?

The French Revolution dethroned the monarch and all its power, more specifically King Louis XVI, before the country was carried forward by Napoleon during a later period. Once Napoleon took charge, a republic was established but with that came periods of political turmoil and violence. This led to Napoleon concluding on the ideology of dictatorship that the former Monarchy was in full control of. This brought inspiration and principles to Western Europe, later resulting in liberal and radical ideas. The French Revolution is what many people believe has changed the course of modern history in today’s world. With many central figures like Stanislas de Clermont Tonnerre along with politicians and key figures making their mark on French society, and under the significant influence of Napoleon introducing liberal and republic democracies rather than absolute monarchies, this makes The French Revolution one of the most important era’s in human history.

How has the French Revolution influenced Modern Western Society?
The French Revolution as mentioned was a period of time that influenced radical social and political change. Despite a high number of foreseeable death tolls and physical damages this was a period of time in history that has had a major impact and influence on the Modern Western Society. The ideas and reforms throughout the revolution promoted powerful figures and leaders to improve and adapt these notions in order to improve society and set an archetype for future society. “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” was a reformist idea and foundation for French society. It was also the slogan that conveyed a strong message during the French Revolution, with Napoleon progressing French society through his ideologies contributing to particular ways and standards of today’s modern world. Following the Napoleonic era, important notions were formed that have significantly affected the positive progression of Modern Western Society, including the introduction of modern democracies, the downfall of monarchies, and the advancement of military tactics that are practiced today through influence of the revolutionary era.

Napoleon

Napoleon

How did the French Revolution end?
Like many events in history, it’s difficult to have an exact clarification on how and when the French Revolution ended. Though 1799 was the year protests and a military coup put Napoleon in charge to replace the government system, it wasn’t until 1802 that he was made consul for life and named emperor in 1804. During Napoleon’s time in power, he improved the French government system and the way the country was run.

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