Lessons from the French Revolution - EXPeditions

Lessons from the French Revolution

by Ruth Scurr
  • Key point 1
    When the revolution began in 1789, France was an absolute monarchy – nobody thought that it could become a republic.
  • Key point 2
    A lot of the political thought in that initial period went into arguing for a new vision of representation: the idea that sovereignty is located in the people.
  • Key point 3
    A crucial concept was accountability: the king was arrested, put on trial and executed in a very short space of time.