The Jacobins and Girondins

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The Jacobins and Girondins

Post  Lisa Ella Humenberger on Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:38 pm

The Girondins ruled from 1792 to 1793 and the Jacobins from 1793 to 1794. The Jacobins were a famous club during the French Revolution which formed at Versailles from a group of Breton , a region north-west from France, members taking part of the Estates General of 1789. There were about 420,000 members before its end and was a home for those in France who were radical revolutionaries. They wanted to accomplish things such as the universal suffrage, meaning the right to vote, the separation of the church, and to get rid of the monarchy. They held meetings in a library in Paris, the Sans Culottes were part of the Jacobins since they were parisian workers, which meant they were poorer than the third estate because instead of wearing the fashionable knee leght culottes, they wore full leght pants. The Jacobins also shared ideas with the middle class representatives and they wanted to completely get rid of the Old Regime.

On the other hand were the Girondins. They had control over the Legislative Assembly. The Girondins were both liberal and bourgeois. They were men that favored a decentrilized government were some provinces had to deal with their own affairs. They also opposed government interference in the economy. ( I didnt find much about them ...).

Sources: http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/lecture13a.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girondist
http://www.ehow.com/about_4571063_jacobins-girondins.html

From your own knowledge learned in class, who do you think is to blame for the Reign of Terror?
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