The French Revolution had monumental significance to France
The French Revolution had monumental significance to France. It had a crucial impact on Europe and transformed the country, so greatly the revolution impacted and influenced the rest of the world. French citizens effectively overthrew and took control of the government and created a new society with their own laws. The French Revolution had both short-term and long-term significances on its country and the world. It abolished the monarchy of France, established the precedent of a representational, democratic government, and sought a huge growth in nationalism and liberalism. Ultimately, the French Revolution had a tremendous impact and laid the foundation for a modern state governed by its people
A short-term significance of the French Revolution was the effective abolishment of monarchy in France. French citizens were able to seize control of the government and collapse the monarchic, feudal hierarchy. For hundreds of years, French society had been divided into three rigid social classes called Estates. The First Estate consisted of the clergy, the Second, the nobility, and the Third, the commoners (everybody else). Above all was the king, who based his authority on ‘divine right’. This meant that the king was king because of ‘God’s’ want, and thus he was always right and all should follow him. The king, First, and Second Estates together were known as the ‘Ancien Regime.’ The Ancien Regime lived a luxurious and rich life, with many rights and powers, and didn’t pay taxes. The Third Estate, consisting of more than twenty million peasants, had far less power and were the only ones paying taxes. The Age of Enlightenment was a period of time in which intellectuals questioned the hierarchy and promoted reason and freedoms over tradition and religion. This influenced French commoners to resist against this control.
The Revolution sought a huge growth of nationalism and liberalism.
The French Revolution established the precedent of a representational, democratic government. After overthrowing the monarchy, French citizens soon became