The French Revolution began in May 1789 when the Ancien Régime was abolished. Its replacement in September 1792 by the First French Republic led to the execution of Louis XVI in January 1793. Many of its principles are now considered fundamental aspects of modern liberal democracy.
About French Revolution in brief
The French Revolution began in May 1789 when the Ancien Régime was abolished. Its replacement in September 1792 by the First French Republic led to the execution of Louis XVI in January 1793. This culminated in the appointment of Napoleon as First Consul in November 1799, which is generally taken as its end point. Many of its principles are now considered fundamental aspects of modern liberal democracy. The intellectual origins of the Revolution came from a global network of European and American ‘patriots’, who shared ideas and political principles. Together, they marked the beginning of the Age of Revolution, which continued into the mid-19th century and impacted much of Europe and the Americas. However, the French quickly discarded the American Revolution as a reference point, and the two revolutions are generally viewed as distinct events, with different causes. The Revolution is considered one of the most important events in human history, and its values and institutions dominate French politics to this day, and many historians regard it as a major event in the history of the world. For more information on the French Revolution, visit: http://www.france.org.uk/history/france-revolution/history-of-the-freedoms-and-liberties/frivolous-revolution-of 1789-1799/ or call the National Library of France on 1-800-273-8255 or the French National Library on 0800-788-8157.
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