The long-term effects of the French Revolution can still be felt today, examples including the birth of the republic and its ensuing democracies, and the advent of secularism and modern ideologies. Following the abolishment of the monarchy and the execution of King Louis XVI in 1793, France's military embarked on an unprecedented string of victories that included the subjection of Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, parts of Germany and most of the area west of the Rhine River. The French Revolution saw the rise and fall of Napoleon, new monarchies and further revolutions that shaped modern France.
The French Revolution is considered one of the most important events in world history, and it is been viewed as the "dawn of the modern era." It helped to reduce the aristocracy and the power and wealth of the church. It helped to define the terms "equality" and "rights" among the people and, according to one historian,
"Thousands of men and even many women gained firsthand experience in the political arena: they talked, read, and listened in new ways; they voted; they joined new organizations; and they marched for their political goals. Revolution became a tradition, and republicanism an enduring option."
The French Revolution was a catalyst for future revolts worldwide, particularly the Russian Revolution and the rise of Mao Zedong in China.