How did the French Revolution impact other countries?

The French Revolution impacted other countries by inspiring other revolutions against monarchies in Europe and revolutions against colonial rule in places such as Haiti and South America. Additionally, it led to tension in the US's relationship with Britain and France and, eventually, the War of 1812.

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The French Revolution affected other countries because there was immediately a perceived threat that the French would attempt to spread the Revolution to other countries. The movement to overthrow, or at least to limit, the power of the monarchy was, at the time, thought of in similar terms to the perception of communism 150 years later: namely, that this was a plan to take over the world and to convert countries to the same anti-monarchical form of government the Jacobins in France were attempting to set up.

Virtually all of the states of Europe in 1789 were monarchies, and the only large country that had a degree of genuine democracy as a constitutional monarchy was Great Britain. Given that egalitarian principles had been expressed again and again throughout the eighteenth century by Enlightenment philosophers and political theorists, and given the example of democratic government which had begun just a few years earlier in America, it was understandable that European kings and queens...

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