Why did the Arab spring back a few years ago failed for the most part, the Iranian green movement didn't get the result it wanted, but the European revolutions (such as the French revolution, Revolutions of 1848) was able to reform a continent with conservative religion views and a set of dictatorship governments into a significantly more free and liberal region?

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    Exactly which "European Revolution" are you referring to in your question? I'm also not sure that the "Arab Spring" failed quite as much as you seem to believe.
    – CGCampbell
    Mar 21 '16 at 3:26
  • @CGCampbell Revolutions between 1500 to 1900 such as the french revolution or revolutions of 1848
    – picolo
    Mar 21 '16 at 5:09
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    The Arab Spring is less than a decade old. Compared to the "European Revolutions" spanning multiple centuries, wouldn't you say that it was a smashing success? Or at least too early to tell? Mar 21 '16 at 5:22
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    Isn't it a bit too early to talk about 2011 as "history" ?! I guess it's best to answer this on Politics SE - espcially considering you asked the same question there.
    – Bregalad
    Mar 21 '16 at 7:17
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    This question was cross-posted by the same user on both History SE and Politics SE: politics.stackexchange.com/questions/10288/… Mar 21 '16 at 8:59

There were plenty of European revolutions which led to terrible casualties and not much democracy, both before and after the French revolution.

The revolutionaries simply tried again, or they faded away when conditions changed.

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    +1 - Europe switching from mostly monarchies to mostly liberal democracies was a long and exceptionally bloody process. It took the better part of 3 centuries, and is still going on at the margins. To riff on Bonhoeffer, cheap freedom is no more effective than cheap Grace.
    – T.E.D.
    Mar 21 '16 at 13:45
  • @T.E.D. Nice summary that covers a lot of ground. Mar 21 '16 at 21:11

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