Terror in the French Revolution

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Was the Terror of 1793/4 inherent from the revolutions outset or was it the product of exceptional circumstance?

In this essay I shall try to find whether the Terror was inherent from the French revolutions outset or was it the product of exceptional circumstances. The French revolution is the dividing line between the Ancien Regime and the modern world. After France the hierarchy that societies of the time had been founded on began to change and they began to sweep away the intricate political structures of absolute monarchy, but however to achieve this was the Terror absolutely necessary? And was it planned/ or was it just the extraordinary circumstances, which the French had lead themselves into once they had deposed of Louis the sixteenth. Whatever way it is looked at, the political ideology of the rest of the world was going to change after the French revolution. The conflicting ideology's of the French revolution from socialism to nationalism would now be mainstream words and spearhead many political parties in years to come. The French revolution had been in high hopes that a peaceful transition could be made from absolutist to parliamentary monarchy, but what went wrong? Surely the terror could not have been in their minds at this time? Surely it was not inherent from the start.

By 1791 their had been a constitutional monarchy with the revolutions mission complete, now major changes would have to be made to ensure that the country benefited from this change, but this would be hard, the church had already been abolished and its funds taken to resolve the spiralling debt problems. A lot of groups had been set up to fight the revolutionary committee including the Monarchiens and the Noirs. The main opposition came from ...

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...Robespierre now had complete supremacy to endorse their full-on terror.

On the 5th of September the sans-culottes entered the convention and declared "terror the order of the day" with conscription and centralisation the Jacobin/sans-culottes allegiance spearheads the way for the terror. Its main leaders were Robespierre, Saint Just and Carnot. They purge thousands upon thousands including over 200,000 in the defeat of the vendee rebellion. Surely this is not what the revolutionaries had set out to do from the beginning, Kill their own people in order for democracy. The terror can only be said to be a product of exceptional circumstances. It was surely unlucky and it changed political ideology ever since with the terror now becoming a style of government, can this be seen as the first modern times form of a dictatorship? Surely the ends justified the means?
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