Describe the legacy of the French Revolution for the peoples of the world
The French Revolution bore a
rich legacy for the peoples of
the world during the nineteenth
and twentieth centuries because it was the first
national movement that adopted the ideals of
liberty, equality and fraternity. These ideas
became the basic tenets of democracy for
every nation in the 19 th and the 20 th century.
The Revolution espoused the cause of the
masses, sought to abolish the idea of divine
right, feudal privileges, slavery and censorship,
and upheld merit as the basis for social
upgradation. These tenets are important even
in the contemporary world for their emphasis
on equality and a world free from prejudice.
Feudal systems and later, colonisation were
abolished by re-working the French Revolution
ideals of freedom and equality. Indian leaders
such as Raja Ram Mohan Roy were deeply
influenced by the ideas that the French
Revolution propagated against the monarchy
and its absolutism.