I recall studying about these revolutions (from 1848 and some years following) that shook Europe. It was a volatile time. Most of the revolutions fell far short of expectations in actually change, I believe though some lasting change did occur.
This is an interesting read, don't know how reliable the site is:
Anyone have general knowledge of this time and/or know of good websites or worthwhile books to read?
A general discussion would be good also. I have to admit that although this period of European History fascinated me, it is so long ago that I studied it that most of what I learned has been lost to memory in the mists of time.