Today in history: June 23

Historical Atlas of Europe 1848: June Days

Europe 1848

June Days

The apparent success of the European revolutions belied the divisions between the city-based reformers, who desired everything from moderate reforms to the complete overthrow of the current systems of government, and the general population, who were often traditionalists. Thus when the new French Republic implemented universal male suffrage, the people elected a conservative government. Shocked, the urban workers and radicals took to the streets of Paris in June but were crushed by the National Guard. The monarchies of Europe took note - if even France could rein in its revolutionaries, so could they.

 

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