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What do you understand by the term ‘Reign of Terror’?

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The period from September 1793 to July 1794 is referred to as the ‘Reign of Terror’. During this period, Robespierre, who ruled France at that time, followed a policy of severe control and punishment and terrorized people with his harsh measures.

All those whom he regarded as ‘enemies’ of the republic e.g. nobles, clergy or members of his or other political parties, were arrested and tried by a revolutionary tribunal. If found guilty, they were guillotined. More than 15000 persons were guillotined during this period. The ‘Reign of Terror’ became intolerable and people resented Robespierre and his followers. Finally, Robespierre was convicted and guillotined in July 1794 and the ‘Reign of Terror’ ended with his death.


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