The Balkan Crisis also intensified during July 1914, when the major Western Powers prepared for a war that was supposed to end all wars. Fast forward a mere three decades to July 20, 1944 and one can find another political uprising of sort: the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler by a group of high-ranking military officers.
But back to the most widely-known and arguably most important and far-reaching events of those hot summer days of 1776 and 1789. The implications of these two revolutions would eventually be carried around the world (and still are), and they still impact us to this day. While the importance of the American Revolution cannot be underestimated, to a degree it was a somewhat isolated event. Isolated mainly because of its geography. The residents of the British colonies in the New World decided they could just as well govern themselves and rid themselves of a mad monarch and tyrannical despot some 3000 miles away. For the rest of Europe that was pretty far away and American Independence deemed no immediate threat. The ideas of the Enlightenment that influenced and shaped the rebel colonists were born in Europe and spread throughout the continent across the Atlantic ocean. The geographical isolation of the American colonies made it easier to accommodate, spread, and implement Enlightenment ideas, thus giving the American colonists (who were British subjects after all) a greater taste of freedom and self-governance.
Just thirteen years later, European monarchs would encounter the threat of the ideas of the American Revolution and the Enlightenment on their home continent. While the American Revolution was radical in its creation of a republican government that existed only by the consent of the people, and the insistence that every man possessed inalienable rights that could not be taken away by the government the French Revolution added brutal violence to its radicalism. It was the threat of losing not only absolute power but the very real threat of being overrun by mob rule and losing one's head that threatened the existence of Europe's monarchies.
As radical as both revolutions were, they both left out parts of society. Just like the previous ruler had limited rights and privileges to the ruling political class, the inalienable and natural rights proclaimed in the American and French Revolutions were not all-inclusive and did not extend to women, the property-less, and in the case of the newly founded United States, slaves. Nevertheless, both revolutions helped spread the ideas of inalienable rights, natural rights, liberty, equality, government by consent, and government's duty to preserve the rights of the people. These ideas continue to help create a "more perfect union," and should be the guiding light for any nation to include people who are on the margin of society.