The French Revolution 's Reign Of Terror Essay

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The French Revolution’s ‘Reign of Terror’ was unjustified in both the context in which it was created and in retrospect. The reign of terror was used by Maximilien Robespierre to consolidate his own power and influence in the country and provided no productive solutions to many major underlying socio-economic issues. It also led to the ultimate downfall of everything the French Revolution stood for as a result of the thousands of wrongful public executions and convictions.

Maximilien Robespierre used his power within the ‘Committee of Public Safety’ to exercise control over the French Government and consolidate his influence and power among the country and people. Not only to the committee legislate mass conscription but they also passed the law of 22 Prairial, year II, which suspended a criminal suspects right to public trial and legal assistance and also allowed a jury the option of only acquittal or death. This gross violation of civil rights allowed for Robespierre and his followers to have all those that opposed their own philosophical views to be executed or dealt with through conviction. Maximilien who belonged to the Jacobin revolutionary movement would there for have the less radical Girondin groups oppressed throughout this time. Given that the very spirit of the revolution for both groups was equality and justice, this is clear evidence that a primary motivation for Maximilien and his followers was less to do with the revolution and more to do with cutting down…

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