French revolution.
The French Revolution was a period of radicalsocial and political upheaval in France that had a major impact onFrance and throughout the rest of Europe. The absolute monarchy thathad ruled France for centuries collapsed in three years. French societyunderwent an epic transformation, as feudal, aristocratic andreligious privileges evaporated under a sustained assault from radical leftwing political groups, masses on the streets, and peasants in thecountryside. Old ideas about tradition and hierarchy of monarchy,aristocracy, and religious authority were abruptly overthrown by newEnlightenment principles of equality, citizenship and inalienable rights. [continua]

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