Terrorism : Rooted Throughout The French Revolution Essay

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Terrorism: Rooted in the French Revolution Terrorism is incredibly prevalent within today’s society in the forms of social media, news outlets, and word of mouth. It is a danger that has grown exponentially over the past few years. However, people are unaware of where the foundations of modern terrorism lie. The belief is that the French Revolution was the catalyst that began modern terrorism and it is reason France is incredibly susceptible to terror attacks in the present. The multitude of terror attacks on France’s soil can be linked back to the history of words related to terrorism, the social effects of the Reign of Terror, Laïcité, the double edged sword of citizenship, the stigmatization of nonconforming French minorities, and modern French irreligiosity. Although it may seem doubtful that the roots of modern terrorism can be found in the French Revolution, the etymology and history of the words terrorist and terror make the ties clear. The Oxford English Dictionary states that the origins of the word terrorist is "… an adherent or supporter of the Jacobins [a political group during the French Revolution], who advocated and practised methods of partisan repression and bloodshed in the propagation of the principles of democracy and equality" ("Terrorist"). The relationship between ‘terrorist’ and the French Revolution is only a component of the whole picture. Another piece of the puzzle can be found in the words of Robespierre. Maximilien Robespierre, an influential…

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