Although the French Revolution is its own distinct event in history, it has similar characteristics to other events in history. The cause behind it the ruler believing that he had the divine right to rule and imposing unfair taxes on his citizens to fund his opulent lifestyle. The American Revolution and English Civil war shared this cause. In all of these conflicts, the people were infuriated by these taxes and rose up against their rulers to gain more of a say in their political system. The lower classes also gained power in The English Civil War, The American Revolution, and The Russian Revolution. The upper classes lost power as a result of all of these revolutions, and in some, such as The Industrial Revolution a middle class was created.
The wheel of revolution only partially ended with justice for the French people, as although they gained more civil rights, with Napoleon as emperor they still had a monarchy. After the king was executed, the governments formed would quickly collapse, leading to great instability and economic troubles, until Napoleon came to power. The long term effects were positive, however, as the lower classes gained more power, and and women and minorities finally gained recognition and rights. The revolution set France on the path to democracy, even though it was not achieved directly after it.