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    Posted: 12-Jan-2005 at 09:16

It seems to me not enough distinction is being made between the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire.

The revolution itself put into effect notions of liberty(and equality and fraternity) that already existed: it didn't give birth to them. Nor did it promote nationalism: in fact it was anti-nationalist, and ideological - the early military campaigns of the 1790s were designed to spread that ideology to neighbouring countries.

In both these ways it was really very similar to the Bolshevik revolution. It was also similar in that it was very soon corrupted into a grab for power by a ruling elite, ending with degeneration into tyranny under Napoleon and Stalin.

That said, it seems to me the most concrete example of a long-lasting result of the whole episode is the influence the Code Napoleon continues to have on legal principles and jurisprudence over much of Western Europe (and Louisiana ).

 

 

 

 

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I don't think you understand the birth of nationalism. French revolution did not create nationalism. Reaction to French empire did. First, all subjects of feudal states in  Europe looked positively at French smashing status quo, then they realized French could be as good oppressors as any and raised against them. True birth of nationalism can be traced to the Spring of Peoples (1848), but revolts against Napoleon in places like LACE>SpainLACE> and LACE>ItalyLACE> can be considered as a role models.

but don't forget that before the revolution people were fighting for their king, but revolutionary France did fight for it's nation (well, later for Napoleon but you know what I mean..)

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[but don't forget that before the revolution people were fighting for their king, ...

Apart of course from the Dutch and the Swiss and the Venetians and one side of the English Civil War, and something like half the population of France in the 16th century. And the pre-Imperial Romans, and the Athenians, and....

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What are the origins of the French Revolution?

Was Napoleon the Child Of the Revolution or did he undermine it?

Is the French Revolution the most important and influential event in modern history?

What impact did it have on Europe at the time and how we live our lives today?

What are the main legacies of the French Revolution?
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