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The Terrorof the French Revolution
An examination of the events surrounding the French Revolution.
# 49543 | 931 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 | GB
Published on Mar 10, 2004 in History (European - 18th Century)

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This paper examines the gradual collapse of the democratic French society proposed and outlined in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, to the horrific atrocities of the Terror under the Revolutionary Government. Political, social, economic and religious aspects are all analyzed contextually.

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"The growth in power of the sans-culottes was also largely a consequence of the war, as their mounting strength meant that the authorities were forced to compromise with them. Their influence had already become significant during the earlier parts of the Revolution and by the spring of 1794, no one could control Paris without first obtaining their support. Many of the atrocities concerning the Terror are considered by some historians, to be the fault of the extremist sans-culottes who forced France's leaders to adopt policies that were contrary to the liberal reforms of the Constituent Assembly. The sans-culottes passionately hated both the aristocracy and the clergy as they resented their privileges and their wealth."

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