THE IMPACT OF THE REVOLUTION
INTRODUCTION: The impact of the French Revolution was considerable and tangible. The changes first introduced by the National Assembly precipitated many others. France was transformed beyond recognition. The Ancien Regime was dismantled and replaced by a constitutional monarchy that in turn gave way to the French Republic. Popular sovereignty flowered briefly. The ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity were spread during the Revolutionary War to many parts of Europe. Aside range of political beliefs emerged during the Revolutionary period. While many gained from the Revolution others lost. From 1792until 1815 (with one brief interlude of peace 1802-1803) Europe was plunged into the longest and most protracted war the continent had seen since the early seventeenth century. Under Napoleon new countries were created while old empires were dissolved.