The French Revolution And The Revolution

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The French Revolution was a time rife with violence, with many revolutionaries using extreme actions to overturn the French Monarchy and create a government based on equality and justice, rather than tyranny and despotism. This violence reached gruesome and terrible heights throughout the revolution, but was justified by the revolutionaries, who believed that their goals of total equality, the end of tyranny, and the return to a virtuous society, allowed them to use means necessary to attain these sublime and holy goals. Their goal of total virtue for France was a good goal, but the methods in which they attempted to achieve it were tyrannical. Additionally, nationalism was used as method of convincing the French that pure and virtuous thoughts that drove the revolutionaries to such terrible heights. The Committee of Public Safety believed that personal freedom should be foregone in order to protect France from foreign monarchies in Europe who wanted to reinstall the monarchy. Although their original intention was to better France through overthrowing the monarchy, their methods in eradicating the ideology of the monarchy were cruel and extensively terrible. One of the greatest promoters of this violence was the infamous Maximilien Robespierre, the head of France’s Committee of Public Safety. His methods of cleansing society have been denounced for their gross and unnecessary torturous methods. Robespierre believed that his methods, despite their terrible nature, were
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