THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION:

 

It can justly be said that most of the promises made by the Third Estate and contained in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen were not carried out.

POLITICAL


 ACCOMPLISHED NOT ACCOMPLISHED
 Constitutionalism was accepted  Actual constitution of 1799 was a farce
 Declarations of Rights had been made three times  These Declarations were more form than substance. In 1799 they were omitted
 Democracy Declared  It was never really tried, the Dictatorship began in 1799
 Liberties declared in writing  Flagrantly violated in the Terror, equality and security were prefered to liberty (1799)
 Right to Property declared  Not for the clergy or emigres

ECONOMIC

 ACCOMPLISHED NOT ACCOMPLISHED
 Free land was a reality  Only for those with money
 Agricultural reforms  Were still in the future
 Workers acquired rights  But not to organize or strike
 Fiscal and Financial Security were established  Actually worse than what faced the old Third Estate

SOCIAL

 ACCOMPLISHED NOT ACCOMPLISHED
 Bourgeoisie replaced clergy & nobles  Common man was left out
 Class consciousness persisted, Privileges were still sought  Socialism was not yet thought of
 Social reforms passed in Legislature  Not applied to "real" life

RELIGIOUS
 ACCOMPLISHED NOT ACCOMPLISHED
 France was still Catholic  No religious freedom, strong anti-Protestant & anti-semitic feelings arose
 Schism with Catholic Church  Healed by Napoleon (1801 Concordat)

France was entering a period of censorship.

Education was to become Bonapartist propaganda.

Fundamentally the Revolution worked three ways:

1. Disestablishment: of outmoded institutions

2. Innovation: created badly needed new institutions

3. Compromise: adaptation of existing institution to the needs of the moment