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Radical France / The Reign of Terror

Post  HelenaD on Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:13 pm

Why did the French government become more radical after the execution of the king? What was the Reign of Terror?

King Louis XVI was condemned to death on January 21, 1789. The National Convention, which was newly established had made plans to abolish monarchy and make the government a republic. They had found the way to abolish monarchy in a way but still had not came to light with a republic. Many political groups formed before the king's execution, with different point of views on the government. Two of the most outstanding groups were the Jacobins, which were radicals and were interested in establishing a strong control and absolute rule over France, and the Girondins, who feared the jacobins, were more likely to go with a democratic and constitutional power.

It was after the king's death that the government became very radical. Many leaders wanted radical change and there were also many countries like Spain, Portugal, Prussia, Austria, and others that thought of invading France. There was fear that the old regime would be brought back under another terrible ruler.

A certain committee was created in 1793. it was called the Committee of Public Saftety and was taken under control by Jacobin Maximilien Robespierre which had horrible ways of controlling society. He decided to prosecute or kill any of his opponents by the guillotine and other ways of torture. 40,000 people died in average. His reign was called the French Reign of Terror. He took the whole army to do these brutal things to the people of the nation.

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Post  Brock M. Hay on Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:40 pm


The famous weapon of the reign of terror was the guillotine, it brought death to thousands of suspected traitors. Robespierre was said to go mad with blood lust, and it was he who was the head of dozens of village sacked and their people executed, if they were on the enemy's side, or if even they merely just did not support that federation. In the end Robespierre died by the guillotine, because after he was taken from his position in power he went completely nuts.
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Post  MariaelenaFarina on Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:08 pm

The Reign of Terror was when the Jacobins (more radical group than the Girondins) took over. They had guards watch every inch of French land and if they heard anybody opposing the revolution or even thinking about opposing, they would be executed. They would be considered traitors. The main goal of the Jacobins was to execute King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. Once this was accomplished, they had the power to make more and more radical decisions. The Jacobins used the guillotine as their main weapon, and it was really just a horrible and violent period in history.

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