The Economic Depression Of Europe

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All throughout Europe citizens were uneasy due to the economic struggle they were facing. In the midst of the 19th century, Europe eventually declared to be within a severe economic depression. This depression led to devastating outcomes, some including revolutions all throughout Europe. As the depression continued, industrial expansion was at a standstill, unemployment rates rose steadily, especially in urban areas, and crop failures were at an all time high. These crop failures were the worst of the issues, causing famine in the land from Ireland to Poland. In the German States, the lower class had been suffering from hunger for far too long, constantly being affected by the industrial and agricultural rationalization. Issues like these increased the need for the lower class to rebel against the government. For others, events such as the Hambacher Fest caused unrest within society. This festival, in particular, depicted the heavy taxation and political censorship that most of the middle class faced as they lived within the German States. Both the lower class and the middle class took this uneasy state of mind and decided to openly rebel, creating unpredictable riots within the states.

The major rebellions began in France through what is known as the “February Revolution.” Workers and artisans in Paris, France created several large-scale riots that resulted in the removal and exile of King Louis Philippe of France. This then spread across Europe, landing in Austria and…
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