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Eventually, after one and a half years of fighting, the revolution was crushed when Russian Tsar Nicholas I marched into Hungary with over , troops.

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Hungary was thus placed under brutal martial law, with the Austrian government restored. The leading rebels like Kossuth fled into exile or were executed. In the long run, the passive resistance following the revolution led to the Austro-Hungarian Compromise , which marked the birth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The center of the Ukrainian national movement was in Galicia , which is today divided between Ukraine and Poland.

On April 19, , a group of representatives led by the Greek Catholic clergy launched a petition to the Austrian Emperor. It expressed wishes that in those regions of Galicia where the Ruthenian Ukrainian population represented majority, the Ukrainian language should be taught at schools and used to announce official decrees for the peasantry; local officials were expected to understand it and the Ruthenian clergy was to be equalized in their rights with the clergy of all other denominations. The Council — was headed by the Greek-Catholic Bishop Gregory Yakhimovich and consisted of 30 permanent members.

During 18—19 March, a series of riots known as the March Unrest Marsoroligheterna took place in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Declarations with demands of political reform were spread in the city and a crowd were dispersed by the military, leading to 18 casualties.

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Switzerland , already an alliance of republics, also saw an internal struggle. The attempted secession of seven Catholic cantons to form an alliance known as the Sonderbund "separate alliance" in led to a short civil conflict in November in which around people were killed. The Sonderbund was decisively defeated by the Protestant cantons, which had a larger population. Polish people mounted a military insurrection against the Prussians in the Grand Duchy of Posen or the Greater Poland region , a part of Prussia since its annexation in The Poles tried to establish a Polish political entity, but refused to cooperate with the Germans and the Jews.

The Germans decided they were better off with the status quo, so they assisted the Prussian governments in recapturing control. In the long-term, the uprising stimulated nationalism among both the Poles and the Germans and brought civil equality to the Jews.

A Romanian liberal and Romantic nationalist uprising began in June in the principality of Wallachia. The goals of the rebels were administrative autonomy, the abolition of serfdom, and popular self-determination. It was closely connected with the unsuccessful revolt in Moldavia , it sought to overturn the administration imposed by Imperial Russian authorities under the Regulamentul Organic regime, and, through many of its leaders, demanded the abolition of boyar privilege.

Led by a group of young intellectuals and officers in the Wallachian military forces, the movement succeeded in toppling the ruling Prince Gheorghe Bibescu , whom it replaced with a provisional government and a regency , and in passing a series of major liberal reforms, first announced in the Proclamation of Islaz.

Despite its rapid gains and popular backing, the new administration was marked by conflicts between the radical wing and more conservative forces, especially over the issue of land reform. Two successive abortive coups weakened the new government, and its international status was always contested by Russia.

After managing to rally a degree of sympathy from Ottoman political leaders, the Revolution was ultimately isolated by the intervention of Russian diplomats.

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In September by agreement with the Ottomans, Russia invaded and put down the revolution. Belgium did not see major unrest in ; it had already undergone a liberal reform after the Revolution of , and thus its constitutional system and its monarchy survived. In the Belgian Revolution had broken out inspired by the revolution occurring in France, and Belgian authorities feared that a similar 'copycat' phenomenon might occur in Shortly after the revolution in France, Belgian migrant workers living in Paris were encouraged to return to Belgium to overthrow the monarchy and establish a republic.

There were two divisions which were formed. They were confronted by Belgian troops at the hamlet of Risquons-Tout and defeated. Several smaller groups managed to infiltrate Belgium, but the reinforced Belgian border troops were successful and the defeat at Risquons-Tout effectively ended the revolutionary threat to Belgium.

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The situation in Belgium began to recover that summer after a good harvest, and fresh elections returned a strong majority to the governing party. Previously a separate kingdom, Ireland was incorporated into the United Kingdom in Although its population was made up largely of Catholics, and sociologically of agricultural workers, tensions arose from the political over-representation, in positions of power, of landowners of Protestant background who were loyal to the United Kingdom.

From the s a conservative-liberal movement led by Daniel O'Connell had sought to secure equal political rights for Catholics within the British political system, successful in the Roman Catholic Relief Act But as in other European states, a current inspired by Radicalism criticised the conservative-liberals for pursuing the aim of democratic equality with excessive compromise and gradualism. This tendency grew into a movement for social, cultural and political reform during the s, and in was realised into a political association known as Young Ireland.

The ideas of Young Ireland were initially not well received, but grew more popular with the Great Famine of —, an event that brought catastrophic social effects and which threw into light the inadequate response of authorities. The Bill was essentially a declaration of martial law in Ireland, designed with the deliberate purpose of creating a counter-insurgency against the growing Irish nationalist movement.

In response, the Young Ireland Party launched its rebellion in July , gathering landlords and tenants to its cause.

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But its first major engagement against police , in the village of Ballingarry, South Tipperary , was a failure. A long gunfight with around fifty armed Royal Irish Constables ended when police reinforcements arrived. After the arrest of the Young Ireland leaders, the rebellion collapsed, though intermittent fighting continued for the next year,. It is sometimes called the Famine Rebellion since it took place during the Great Famine.

While no revolution occurred in Spain in the year , a similar phenomenon occurred. The European revolutions erupted at a moment when the political regime in Spain was facing great criticism from within one of its two main parties, and by a radical-liberal revolution and a conservative-liberal counter-revolution had both occurred. Since , Spain had been governed by a conservative-liberal parliamentary monarchy similar to and modelled on the July Monarchy in France. In order to exclude absolute monarchists from government, power had alternated between two liberal parties: the centre-left Progressive Party , and the centre-right Moderate Party.

But a decade of rule by the centre-right Moderates had recently produced a constitutional reform , prompting fears that the Moderates sought to reach out to Absolutists and permanently exclude the Progressives. The left-wing of the Progressive Party, which had historical links to Jacobinism and Radicalism , began to push for root-and-branch reforms to the constitutional monarchy, notably universal male suffrage and parliamentary sovereignty. The European Revolutions of and particularly the French Second Republic prompted the Spanish radical movement to adopt positions incompatible with the existing constitutional regime, notably republicanism.

Over the next years two revolutions occurred. In the conservatives of the Moderate Party were ousted after a decade in power by an alliance of Radicals, Liberals and liberal Conservatives led by Generals Espartero and O'Donnell.

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In , the more conservative half of this alliance launched a second revolution to oust the republican Radicals, leading to a new ten-year period of government by lconservative-liberal monarchists. Sweden and Norway were also little affected. Serbia , though formally unaffected by the revolt as it was a part of the Ottoman state, actively supported Serbian revolutionaries in the Habsburg Empire. Russia's relative stability was attributed to the revolutionary groups' inability to communicate with each other.

In some countries, uprisings had already occurred demanding similar reforms to the Revolutions of , but without much success. In other countries, the relative calm could be attributed to the fact that they had already gone through revolutions or civil wars in the preceding years, and therefore already enjoyed many of the reforms which Radicals elsewhere were demanding in In yet other countries the absence of unrest was partly due to governments taking action to prevent revolutionary unrest, and pre-emptively grant some of the reforms demanded by revolutionaries elsewhere.

This was notably the case for the Netherlands, where King William II decided to alter the Dutch constitution to reform elections and voluntarily reduce the power of the monarchy.

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The same might be said of Switzerland, where a new constitutional regime was introduced in the Swiss Federal Constitution was a revolution of sorts, laying the foundation of Swiss society as it is today. While no major political upheavals occurred in the Ottoman Empire as such, political unrest did occur in some of its vassal states. In Serbia, feudalism was abolished and the power of the Serbian prince was reduced with the Turkish Constitution of Serbia in In Britain, while the middle classes had been pacified by their inclusion in the extension of the franchise in the Reform Act , the consequential agitations, violence, and petitions of the Chartist movement came to a head with their peaceful petition to Parliament of In the Isle of Man , there were ongoing efforts to reform the self-elected House of Keys , but no revolution took place.

Some of the reformers were encouraged by events in France in particular. In the United States, opinions were polarized, with Democrats and reformers in favor, although they were distressed at the degree of violence involved. Opposition came from conservative elements, especially Whigs, southern slaveholders, orthodox Calvinists, and Catholics.

About German exiles arrived and some became fervent Republicans in the s, such as Carl Schurz. Kossuth toured America and won great applause, but no volunteers or diplomatic or financial help. Following rebellions in and , in Canada saw the establishment of responsible government in Nova Scotia and The Canadas , the first such governments in the British Empire outside of Great Britain itself.

John Ralston Saul has argued that this development is tied to the revolutions in Europe, but described the Canadian approach to the revolutionary year of as "talking their way They succeeded in the burning of the Parliament Buildings in Montreal , but, unlike their counterrevolutionary counterparts in Europe, they were ultimately unsuccessful.

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He took power in and launched major reforms, abolishing slavery and the death penalty, and providing freedom of the press and of religion. The resulting turmoil in Colombia lasted three decades; from to , the country was ravaged by four general civil wars and 50 local revolutions. In Chile, the revolutions inspired the Chilean Revolution. We have been beaten and humiliated The fate of European democracy has slipped from our hands. Historian Priscilla Smith Robertson argues that many goals were achieved by the s, but the credit primarily goes to the enemies of the revolutionaries:.

Democrats looked to as a democratic revolution, which in the long run ensured liberty, equality, and fraternity. For nationalists, was the springtime of hope, when newly emerging nationalities rejected the old multinational empires. But the end results were not as comprehensive as many had hoped.

Many governments engaged in a partial reversal of the revolutionary reforms of —, as well as heightened repression and censorship. The Hanoverian nobility successfully appealed to the Confederal Diet in over the loss of their noble privileges, while the Prussian Junkers recovered their manorial police powers from to In the post-revolutionary decade after , little had visibly changed, and many historians considered the revolutions a failure, given the seeming lack of permanent structural changes.

More recently, Christopher Clark has characterised the period that followed as one dominated by a 'revolution in government'. Karl Marx expressed disappointment at the bourgeois character of the revolutions.

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The revolutions of were followed by new centrist coalitions dominated by liberals nervous of the threat of working-class socialism, as seen in the Piedmontese Connubio under Cavour. Nevertheless, there were a few immediate successes for some revolutionary movements, notably in the Habsburg lands. Austria and Prussia eliminated feudalism by , improving the lot of the peasants.

European middle classes made political and economic gains over the next 20 years; France retained universal male suffrage. Russia would later free the serfs on February 19, The Habsburgs finally had to give the Hungarians more self-determination in the Ausgleich of The revolutions inspired lasting reform in Denmark , as well as the Netherlands.

About exiles came to the United States fleeing the reactionary purges. Alexander Schimmelfennig Germany. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Series of political upheavals throughout Europe in Barricade on the rue Soufflot , [1] an painting by Horace Vernet. Main article: Revolutions of in the Italian states. Main article: French Revolution of Main article: German revolutions of — Main article: First Schleswig War. Main article: Revolutions of in the Habsburg areas. Main article: Hungarian Revolution of Main article: March Unrest.