|Posted by Gilbert Stack on January 12, 2018 at 4:55 AM|
On this day (January 12) in 1848, the first of the revolutions that would sweep across Europe that year began with the Palermo Rising in Sicily. These revolutions are the last of the great Liberal Revolutions in Europe that sought to bring about political change to empower non-noble liberal elites (such as businessmen, doctors, lawyers, etc.) These revolutionaries often used the unhappy masses of workingmen and women to further their aims, but they were opposed to engaging in the social revolutions that those people were seeking. Most of the Revolutions of 1848 ultimately failed.