The French Revolution as a World-Historical Event

Wallerstein, Immanuel
March 1989
Social Research;Spring1989, Vol. 56 Issue 1, p33
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the French Revolution as an event of historical importance. It is stated that the literature on the French Revolution reflects the battle between two principal schools of thoughts. According to the author, one viewpoint describes the French Revolution as feudal and political revolution of the bourgeoisie. The author states that the other viewpoint describes it as despotic and sees it as a reflection of anti-despotic liberation demands. It is informed that during the French Revolution, there was development of capitalists, which increased the economic and social disparities. It is stated that the French Revolution's world-scale institutional legacy was ambiguous in its effects.


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