The Consequences of Radical Reform: The French Revolution

  title={The Consequences of Radical Reform: The French Revolution},
  author={Daron Acemoglu and Davide Cantoni and Simon Johnson and James A. Robinson},
  journal={European Public Law: National eJournal},
The French Revolution of 1789 had a momentous impact on neighboring countries. The French Revolutionary armies during the 1790s and later under Napoleon invaded and controlled large parts of Europe. Together with invasion came various radical institutional changes. French invasion removed the legal and economic barriers that had protected the nobility, clergy, guilds, and urban oligarchies and established the principle of equality before the law. The evidence suggests that areas that were… 

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