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European History French Revolutions short 8


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guillotine killings in Paris, viewed by thousands
those who supported more relaxed policies than the revolutionary tribunal
Louis de Sant-Just
Robespierre’s left hand man, a big proponent of the terror.
Antoine Fouquier Tinville
Prosecuting attorney for the revolutionary tribunal, tried Danton’s case.
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increased the number of people regarded as “public enemies” and speeded up process by which they could be condemned to death.
Describe Paris during the reign of terror. How were the executions conducted? How did the public react? How did the condemned meet their death?
Anyone suspected of being slightly counterrevolutionary was sent to the guillotine. Given a short, but unfair trial by the revolutionary tribunal. The stench of dead bodies became extreme and the people met their deaths in all sorts of ways - between calmly and in rage.
How did the revolutionary leaders attempt to suppress Christianity? Were they successful?
They ridiculed clergy's celibacy, renamed streets that had been named after Saints, endorsed destruction of Christian symbols, made new non-Christian calendar, held parties called "festivals of reason" in churches. Only kind of successful;mixed reactions.
What led to the arrest of Danton? How did he react when he heard of his impending arrest?
Danton advocated tolerance towards religion and moderate politics - opposing the Committee of Public Safety. He could have escaped, instead greeted the patrol coming to arrest him.
Describe the trial and execution of Danton.
Danton gave long speeches, demanded witnesses and a more normal trial, went to his execution with a sense of humor.
Who were the victims of the guillotine?
the hundreds of innocent people who were killed during the terror

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