The Battle of Waterloo happened at a time of incredible upheaval. The French Revolution began in 1789, and revolutionary ideas quickly spread across the world. The French ideals of liberty, fraternity, and equality were seen as a terrible threat by the monarchs and aristocrats of Europe. Even French defeat at Waterloo in 1815 did not end the era of revolutions. Radical demands for change continued throughout the 19th century.

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