Krista Hyche HIS114Section-16233The FrenchRevolution was a major event in not only France’s history but Europe’s as well.It even inspired people in other countries to start revolutions against theirown oppressive rulers.
Even though it did have a few positive outcomes forFrance like eliminating the class system and many of their civil liberties back,it had a long term negative effect on Europe and its history. There werehundreds of thousands of innocent citizens of France that were killed duringthe revolution and was a catalyst for about twenty years of warfare that endedup devastating Europe for many years to come. It also paved the path forNapoleon to take the throne and become the dictator of France. The Revolution wassupposed to help with liberating France and creating a new more liberalgovernment. But it did not help the cause of liberty for France.
It gave thecitizens of France a short lived taste of freedom. The civil liberties thatthey gained, even though there weren’t many, were short lived, and eventuallygot rolled back under Napoleon. They may have laid the foundation for things tocome like economic planning and loose socialist theories but the Revolutionalso failed to reach one of its most important goals, to establish aconstitutional monarchy or a representative government. The outcome of theFrench Revolution was not seen as a success due to the mass amount ofcasualties, that were mostly innocent people and what the revolution paved theway for.