Revolutions of 1848


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  • I have been defeated
  • A concerted effort by a group of European states stopped Napoleon in 1815 and restored France’s monarchy. Nevertheless, republicanism survived.
  • Republicanism made a strong comeback in the Revolutions of 1848. These uprisings resulted from growing demands across Europe for political liberalization and social and economic reform.
  • One of the first revolts occurred in Paris, France. There the government used military force to stifle street protests.
  • Attack!
  • Protests broke out in other major cities in Germany, Italy and Austria. Revolution threatened to engulf Europe.
  • To avoid threats against Europe, several monarchs hastily promised reforms. Some leaders stepped down, and new constitutions were created.
  • The uprisings, gave a boost to nationalist movements that, in time, produced several new nation-states.
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