The French Revolution: The Catalyst of Modern Democracy in Europe


The French Revolution marked the end of hereditary monarchy in the 1700s, and ushered in the new age of representative governments. As France expanded abroad, its democratic ideals along with its views of democracy spread all over the world. The French Revolution and its ideals became the new frontier of democracy, and forever changed the ideas of government.

Fighting At The Hotel De Ville

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"Many historians now regard the French Revolution as ... [the frontier of democracy] in the history of Europe ... [the revolution] called for every person’s right to freedom and equal treatment. Across France and the rest of Europe the consequences of the Revolution were huge. There were many new developments including the fall of the monarchy, changes in society with the rise of the middle class, and the growth of nationalism." - The UK National Archives