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French Revolution Vs Prussia, Russia, Austria

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The French Revolution was considered radical in its time. People began to reject ideas of monarchy, aristocracy, religious authority and traditional beliefs of the time. Ideas of the enlightenment, namely principles of equality, religious freedom, citizenship, inalienable rights, nationalism, and even democracy became popular. Not all embraced these new ideas. Prussia, Austria and Russia maintained conservative ideals and fought against the liberal revolution.

Napolean's army was defeated in 1813 at Leipzig by the sixth coalition of Prussia, Austria and Russia. The following year the coalition invaded France and forced Napolean into exile. In Paris 1815, the Holy Alliance was fromed by these three powers. This "gang of three" came together to fight any revolutionary ideas, mainly those sparked by the French Revolution.

It may be hard for people to imagine ideas of the French Revolution to be considered radical. Its principles are now ingrained in most cultures across the globe. Americans like myself are very accustomed to religious and personal freedoms. Most believe each other to be equal regardless of race, gender or religion.

There are, however, people that do not experience these social luxuries in their country. Middle eastern are notorious for being oppressive. Afghanistan, for example, does not allow religious freedom for its people. Women are treated as second class citizens. Women are not allowed to drive or show off their bodies. The government of Afghanistan rejects the ideas of the French Revolution.

While some may see the French Revolution as a failure, many see its success. It may not have succeded in the time of its creators, but its ideals have stuck with individuals and now dominates the modern world. Ideas of freedom are still considered provacative in some parts of the world, but the message still holds strong. People are continuing to fight for their freedom and keep the spirit of the French Revolution alive.

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