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Effects of the French Revolution

The important effects of the French Revolution that helped shape our world today.

     Numerous reforms were brought about by the French Revolution, not only domestically but internationally.

     The French Revolution had tremendous repercussions on the politics of France, and brought forth new ideas and changes that are still widely practiced today. Examples of such changes are nationalism and democracy, two ideals that are still to this day widely universal. Feudalism, an unfair system of political and social placement, was abolished by the National Assembly on the night of August 4, 1789. With the feudal system vanquished, King Louis XVI’s power was limited and would soon be extirpated. With the king’s power gone, there would be more alterations to the French society.

     While the abolished feudal system changed the political world, it marked the birth of remarkable social innovations. Believed to be one of the finest documents ever written, The Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen introduced unquestionably significant new rights by which we now live. It stated that all men are created equal, which would soon nullify the atrocious idea of slavery. Over time, it also annihilated the whole concept of class, ultimately ending in the removal of titles such as nobility and of the Church. Soon after, various things including the document lessened the power of the Catholic Church. If not for the denouement the French Revolution had on society, the world we live in would be nothing less than chaos, with a corrupt economy, government, and discreditable treatment towards others.

     Culture of France, as well as the world, was also changed by the revolution. Following the revolution, the French gained religious tolerance and set up state schools. Prior to the revolution, there were only religious schools but after the revolution, every type of religion could go to the state school to lucubrate. The French also organized systems to assist the poor and elderly, which you can appertain to present day welfare offices. French culture after the revolution changed in that poorer people and elderly did not have to suffer as much as before just to survive. One big upshot to the revolution is the metric system, a mathematical system of measurement used throughout the world. Surprisingly, only three countries in the world don’t use the metric system. Many positive things were introduced to the world through the French, and it gave it that little push it needed to improve.

     The French Revolution was a crucial time in history. From the revolution, we have been taught that a whole country can be reorganized through hard work and determination. The French Revolution can be seen as a book, showing us the true power of law and most important, the potential and capability of words.

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  1. Nick Morrison

    On June 2, 2009 at 6:31 am


    “If not for the denouement the French Revolution had on society, the world we live in would be nothing less than chaos, with a corrupt economy, government, and discreditable treatment towards others.”

    - maybe a little bit of an overstatement… during the monarchy and for hundreds of years previous there was always corruption in the church and the feudal system but it definitely wasn’t chaos and if the revolution hadn’t taken place it wouldn’t have escalated to the extremes of which you speak.

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