Terror and the French Revolution Essay
On the evening of the 14th of July 1989 1.5 million people from 17 different countries gathered along the Champs-Elysees to celebrate Bastilles Day , the anniversary of the French Revolution which had occurred two hundred years before. But what were the French celebrating, the capture of Bastille and the deaths of ninety eight people through a violent uprising ? It has been long debated the significance of the capture of Bastille and will continue to do so but the shockwaves it left in the France at that time can be still felt today. …show more content…
Terror took place in many forms as both Cobbs and Jones note there were street looting, violence, theft, religious hate crimes, abuse (in some cases physical) and most defining the Guillotine. Namesake of Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, the guillotine will forever remain as the sanguinary symbol of terror in the French revolution. Used to execute as many as seventeen thousand ‘anti- French’ citizens it remains today as a symbol of the atrocities perpetrated by government and people alike. Forest denounces these atrocities as ‘madness’ , in spite of its efficiency, it was a truly horrifying and sickening sight, the Journal d'Autre Monde would later remark in 1794 that the guillotine as “dreadful but necessary”. The question of ‘whether the guillotine was really necessary?’ is up for debate but the fact remains that the social and governmental damage the executions caused using the guillotine harmed France more than it did to rebuild the nation already in turmoil.
It is a historical fact that the Jacobin Club abused their authority by ordering