The French Revolution’s Transformation of Europe

History / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
How the French Revolution disrupted and dismantled a long established international system by manifesting the philosophies of liberalism and nationalism that had been fermenting in the minds of European political thinkers.

“For hundreds of years, Europe had been ruled by feudal and dynastic systems that placed power in a minority ruling elite and subjugated the lower classes. France established itself as a dominant power and other European countries admired the stability and legitimacy of the French Old Regime. The expansion of Louis XIV (1643-1715) supplied France with the respect of all countries. The divine right of kings was sternly instilled upon the European community as the only legitimate system of governing. The radical change that the Revolution promulgated was not recognized as an actual and sincere change, but rather a temporary political and economic instability. The French Revolution disrupted and dismantled a long established international system by manifesting the philosophies of liberalism and nationalism that had been fermenting in the minds of European political thinkers. The abrupt and catastrophic destruction of the dynastic system was meet with disbelief by European contemporaries who prolonged a focused response to the dangers that the ideals posed to the political atmosphere of Europe.”


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