HST 111 Study Guide - Arson, Maximilien Robespierre, Jacobin

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Ryerson University
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History
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HST 111
Maximilien Robespierre
Use of the Reign of Terror Established Him as France‟s
Revolutions Hero
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Magdalena Sokoloski
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From within the midst of Frances Revolution emerged the most important
revolutionary. Maximilien Robespierre began his appearance and commencement of
power during the revolution. His enforcement of the Reign of Terror was not a tyrants
shield from losing his power, but instead was to install order to aid and strengthen the
revolution. Robespierre was the most vital component to further the revolution for he was
a determined leader who practiced law and established himself as a passionate
figurehead. His vigorous belief in equality, virtue, democracy, and liberty gave him
recognition as exactly what France needed, and his to the bone motivation installing law
and order to remove corruption was his basis for justice.
In Maximilien Robespierre‟s family, there was the practice of law, and similarly
to his father and grandfather he had a well-established law practice in Arras. From his
practicing and advancing interest in law, his devotion for the betterment of humanity
grew. He once said to his sister Charlotte, “My life‟s task will be to aid those who suffer
and to pursue with vengeful words those who, without pity for humanity, enjoy the
suffering of others”1 From then on he adjusted his goals to protect the State, where he felt
its defense the most vital. To best fulfill this he continued and become an Episcopal
Judge in 1782. These titles provided strong proof of his passion and Robespierre “earned
a reputation as a protector of the poor and downtrodden, a reputation which he carefully
cultivated2. His position as such a strong figurehead displayed his ability to be a
persuasive leader. For France, this was exactly what was needed to continue the
revolution, Robespierre quickly climbed the ladder of importance within the Estates-
General and by 1789 he was elected as one of Artois‟ delegates. He did this by uniting his
brilliant oratory skills with political maneuvering and appealing to the public‟s opinions
in times of need. Yet, in the end, he did not complete much in this position and was
neglected by the Assembly. With his ignited need to lead the revolution and Frances
people he continued to be of great importance in the Jacobin Club. He felt it necessary to
represent this group for they believed it more important to continue the revolution by any
means necessary, with force and terror. The people within the Jacobin Club also felt his
tactics of speech and action to be exactly what they needed. With his rising prominence
in Frances system of power he also gained the people‟s trust to believe and support him
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Use of the reign of terror established him as france s. From within the midst of france s revolution emerged the most important revolutionary. Maximilien robespierre began his appearance and commencement of power during the revolution. His enforcement of the reign of terror was not a tyrant s shield from losing his power, but instead was to install order to aid and strengthen the revolution. Robespierre was the most vital component to further the revolution for he was a determined leader who practiced law and established himself as a passionate figurehead. His vigorous belief in equality, virtue, democracy, and liberty gave him recognition as exactly what france needed, and his to the bone motivation installing law and order to remove corruption was his basis for justice. In maximilien robespierre s family, there was the practice of law, and similarly to his father and grandfather he had a well-established law practice in arras.

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