The French revolution caused the feudal class of France to overthrow the absolute monarchy of Louis XVI, thus overthrowing the old regime, for a republic that was based on respect for individual rights of the people.
An impact of the enlightenment on the French revolution can be seen in the declaration of the rights of man and of the citizen. The national assembly adopted the document on august 26th 1789. The declaration set out a series of individual rights protected by law. The basic principles of the declaration can be seen in the ideas of the great thinkers of the enlightenment. The declaration is considered to be one of the first documents that argued in favour of natural rights for all citizens, and is seen as a major turning point in the history of the modern western world.
The French Revolution inspired various events, like the French Revolutionary Wars:
• Netherlands — 1792-94
• Royalist Rebellions — 1793-94
• Rhine Valley — 1794-1800
• Italy — 1796-1800
• Egypt — 1798-1801
• Naval/Colonial Battles — 1796-1802
It also inspired the Spanish Second Republish, a
coup d’etat that illegitimately abolished the monarchy in Spain, and created a republic, extremely similar to that of when Robespierre was in power; an anticlerical, and radical republic that was a copy of that authoritarian regime that the revolutionaries wanted to abolish.