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The French Revolution

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/11/2008 Category: Education
Updated: 10 years ago Status: Cancelled by Instigator
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When you examine closely the inequalities of the people of France in the late 1700's, you will notice that their differences delve far deeper than simple politics. They were subject to a justice system who determined the truth via feudal duels, which, by the way, should have died down considerably if not completely eradicated, by this time. Not only that, but the way they executed feudal justice was selfish. Hares, or other scavenger animals, might destroy your garden, but it is illegal to hunt them. They are to be spared in order to allow the lord of the land some game; if a peasant's crop is destroyed in hunting, then so be it, they weren't allowed to claim damages. As well as the system, they had the most ridiculous dues to the king, the nobles, and the church; with the cost of the war and the higher estate's luxury's, only a small amount made it to the peasants, if any. When you add all of that up, in addition to the fact that 97% of the population made up 33.4% of the country's vote, it was bound to lead to a rebellion .

January 21, 1793 - Louis XVI is executed

In the autumn of 1793, Robespierre and the Jacobins focused on addressing economic and political threats within France. What began as a proactive approach to reclaiming the nation quickly turned bloody as the government instituted its infamous campaign against internal opposition known as the Reign of Terror.
Beginning in September, Robespierre, under the auspices of the Committee of Public Safety, began pointing an accusing finger at anyone whose beliefs seemed to be counterrevolutionary—citizens who had committed no crime but merely had social or political agendas that varied too much from Robespierre's. The committee targeted even those who shared many Jacobin views but were perceived as just slightly too radical or conservative. A rash of executions ensued in Paris and soon spread to smaller towns and rural areas.
During the nine-month period that followed, anywhere from 15,000 to 50,000 French citizens were beheaded at the guillotine. Even longtime associates of Robespierre such as Georges Danton, who had helped orchestrate the Jacobin rise to power, fell victim to the paranoia. When Danton wavered in his conviction, questioned Robespierre's increasingly rash actions, and tried to arrange a truce between France and the warring countries, he himself lost his life to the guillotine, in April 1794.
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