What were the achievements of the National Assembly?  

The achievements of the National Assembly included the abolition of feudalism, serfdom, and class privileges. The National Assembly also passed the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, which became the founding document of the French Revolution. Finally, the National Assembly also set up a uniform system of administration to replace the confusing patchwork quilt of administrative units that had previously existed in France.

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Despite its short existence—just over two years—the National Assembly racked up an impressive list of achievements. The most important of these was arguably the abolition of feudalism, serfdom, and class privileges. What is all the more remarkable is that nobles and clergy willingly contributed to this process. On the extraordinary night of August 4, 1789, the First and the Second Estates vied with each other to give up the numerous rights and privileges they had enjoyed for centuries, thus ushering in a new period in French, European, and world history.

A further achievement of the National Assembly was the drawing up of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. This charter, strongly influenced by the American Declaration of Independence, was the founding document of the French Revolution. It set out in detail and extensive body of rights, such as the right to liberty, property, and security. In a particularly radical move for eighteenth-century Europe, the Declaration...

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