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Reign of Terror

What were the causes of the Reign of Terror?

During the French Revolution, food scarcity and rising prices led to the overthrow of the moderate political party, the Girondins. Support for the liberal Montagnards boomed. The radically egalitarian Montagnards created the Committee of Public Safety to protect the Revolution at all costs via a decree that “terror is the order of the day.”

What major events took place during the Reign of Terror?

Laws were passed to protect the French Revolution by any means necessary. Counterrevolutionaries were arrested and sentenced, many without public trial. About 300,000 were arrested, and 17,000 of them were tried and executed. Another 23,000 were killed without trial or died in prison.

How did the Reign of Terror end?

Because of its excessive actions, public support of the Committee of Public Safety decreased. Maximilien Robespierre, president of the National Convention, and many of his supporters were arrested and executed, thereby ending the Reign of Terror.

What were the results of the Reign of Terror?

A conscripted army, which saved France from invasion by other countries, was meant to solidify the gains of the Revolution and to create a stable republic. Instead, it destabilized the country.
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