Why Was Robespierre Important?


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Rev. Dr. Charles Rogers Profile
Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (6 May 1758 – 28 July 1794) is one of the best-known leaders of the French Revolution. He studied at College of Louis-le-Grand in Paris and became a lawyer. His supporters called him "The Incorruptible." He was an influential member of the Committee of Public Safety and was instrumental in the period of the Revolution commonly known as the Reign of Terror that ended with his arrest and execution in 1794.
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Penny Kay answered
"You have not to pass sentence for or
against a single man, but you have to take a resolution on a
question of the public safety, and to decide a question of
national foresight. It is with regret that I pronounce a fatal
truth: Louis ought to perish rather than a hundred thousand
virtuous citizens; Louis must die that the country may
live." This is Robespierre's speech at Louis XVI's trial. Robespierre was a prominent Jacobian, leading the French Revolution. He was inspired by the Social principles of Jean Jaques Rousseau's. The Monarchy was executed, and Nobleman were eliminated by death or exile. Anyone considered socially advanced was under suspicion. The French Revolution like the Russian, led to a great deal of death and confusion. Many innocent people were murdered.

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