Leading up to war: Theres multiple variables that eventually led to the revolution. Some of the more important reasons consist of the increasing national debt after already coming out of a few costly wars and conflict between the monarchy and the nobility over 'reform' of the tax system. Another reason being the enlightenment and impulse to reform. Also the ineffectiveness of the current ruler Louis XVI. The revolution was successful leading to two different models of government(representative government vs. authoritarian) and also changes in ideas and political culture(Liberty,equality,nationalism etc.)
Hero or villain: Nepoleon Bonaparte, I'm sure there's more than one arugument for each side but we here at The France Times believe his actions during the revolution were heroic and very pro France such as his aid in the spread of nationalism and defense of the revolution.
Impact on others outside of France: The French Revolution impacted other countries in various ways. In Europe, the revolution led to a series of wars between various countries and the French. It also led to the rise of Napoleon and the empire he won, albeit briefly.