Revolutions of 1848

series of political upheavals throughout Europe in 1848–49

The European Revolutions of 1848 were a series of revolts in Europe. In some places they are called Spring of Nations or the Year of Revolution.

Revolutions of Europe
Barricade on the rue Soufflot,[1][2] an 1848 painting by Horace Vernet. The Panthéon is shown in the background.
Date23 February 1848 – early 1849
LocationWestern and Central Europe
Also known asSpring of Nations, Springtime of the Peoples, Year of Revolution
  • Little political change
  • Significant social and cultural change

These revolutions started in January with a Palermo republican uprising. The larger French Revolution of 1848 in February was followed in March by several other revolutions amongst them the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 and the Revolutions of 1848 in the German states. In Ireland, the rebellions began because of famine conditions in their country.

People in the various countries tried to take over their governments.


  1. 1848-06-24 (1848-06-24): "Battle at Soufflot barricades-1848" Location:Rue Soufflot, Paris48°50′48″N 2°20′37″E / 48.846792°N 2.343473°E / 48.846792; 2.343473 (1848-06-24: Battle at Soufflot barricades-1848) (linkback://
  2. Mike Rapport (2009). 1848: Year of Revolution. Basic Books. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-465-01436-1. The first deaths came at noon on 23 June.