Chapter : 1. French Revolution

Rise Of Napoleon Bonaparte

The rise of Napoleon Bonaparte was also an indirect result of the French Revolution. As often happens in revolutions there was political and economic instability in France and there was a struggle for power. Napoleon took advantage of the situation and become a dictator with the help of the army. In 1804 be declared himself the Emperor of France. He was a brilliant general and used his armies to conquer and dominate all the neighboring countries except Britain and Russia. However, his successes were short-lived. Britain, Prussia, Austria and Russia jointly defeated him at Leipzig and again at Waterloo in 1815. He was captured and sent as a prisoner to the island of St. Helena where he died in 1821.
Impact on World :
The French Revolution had a far reaching impact not only on France but on the whole world.
1.It marked the end of feudalism and brought in a new era of industrial capitalism.
2. Slogans of liberty, equality and fraternity found an echo in every part of Europe during the 19th century and there was a chain of revolutions one after another.
3. The Declaration of Right of Man is the most famous charter of liberty in the whole world. It laid the foundation of a new social order based on liberty, equality and fraternity (brotherhood of man). It became the guiding star of future revolution in almost al the countries of Europe.
4. The French Revolution also acted as guiding force for the people of colonies like that of India.

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