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How did the events of the French Revolution contribute to the growth of democracy?

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  1. Mel Hoke says:

    The French Revolution quickly became democracy "gone wild" and turned into the Reign of Terror under mob rule and terrorist dictators. So I would have to say, except for some high ideals about self-rule or rule by the people, what actually happened didn’t contribute much of anything to what we would call "democracy" in a positive or beneficial sense. The ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity (wasn’t it?) or brotherhood basically got lost in the brutal events of the day.

    Democracy, in general, is a very "fragile" political system that runs into many problems in most countries, including our own, even with our structured balance of power (president, congress, and the courts).

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