French Revolution/Results

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The most concrete results of the French revolution achieved in 1789-1791, when land was freed and the old corporate society was destroyed. This “abolition of feudalism” promoted individualism and but probably retarded the growth of a capitalistic economy. The great reforms of 1789-1791 nevertheless established an enduring administrative and legal system, and much of the revolutionaries work in humanizing the law itself was subsequently incorporated in the Napoleonic code. Politically, the revolution was more significant than successful. Between 1787- 1799 democracy failed. Another factor that was influenced by the revolution was the culture. Culture was also affected with the revolution permeating every creative domain. However, there is still debate over whether the revolution permanently changed the social structures of France or whether they were only alert in the short term. Europe also changed.