Year of Revolution Begins

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Europe 1848.0224

Year of Revolution Begins

The Year of Revolution, the Revolutions of 1848-1849, the Hungarian Revolution, the First Italian War of Unification and the First Schleswig War (24 February 1848)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

By 1848, Europe was already experiencing considerable social tension, in good part due to the rise of industrialization but also because of the European potato famine, both of which led to a migration of the poor to the cities. At the same time, the continent was becoming ideologically divided between the conservative order, which was rigidly maintaining the borders and regimes set up in 1815, and the various proponents of change - nationalists, republicans, liberals and socialists. In January, Sicily revolted against rule by Naples, triggering a wave of unrest among the Italian states. The next month, an uprising in Paris overthrew King Louis Philippe and proclaimed the second French Republic. The Year of Revolution had begun.

Main Events

Sicilian Revolution

Popular uprising in Palermo, Sicily in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, against the Bourbon monarchy of Ferdinand II in Naples; by the end of the month, the citadel in Messina is the only royalist bastion on the island

Constitutions in the Italian states

The Kingdom of Naples, followed by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Kingdom of Sardinia, and finally the Papal States, proclaims a constitution in response to urban unrest triggered by the Sicilian Revolution

French Revolution of 1848

Riots break out in Paris, capital of the French Kingdom, eventually forcing King Louis Philippe to abdicate in favor of his grandson, the Comte de Paris, before fleeing for Britain; the revolutionaries arrive in the palace and proclaim a second French Republic

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