VIRTUE IN TERROR: Maximilien Robespierre and the Reign of Terror (BBC)


VIRTUE IN TERROR: Maximilien Robespierre and the Reign of Terror (BBC)
by Darius Kadivar

Maximilien Robespierre is without doubt one of most influential figures of the French Revolution. Best known for establishing a Reign of Terror which sent thousands of innocents to the guillotine. Could the French Republic have survived otherwise ? 

Historians Simon Schama and Slavoj Zizek amongst other historians debate on Robespierre's Controversial Legacy:



Terror Robespierre and the French Revolution:

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Course on the Robespierre from Yale University:

Scene of Confrontation between Danton and Robespierre in Adrei Wajda's Film "Danton":

Hollywood's take on Charles Dickens "Tale of Two Cities" Final starring Ronald Coleman:

Iran's Robespierre ? Hojatoleslam Khalkhali the Hanging Judge:

Khalkhali last Interview:



"To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is barbarity" - Maximilien Robespierre, 1794

May 1758 – 28 July 1794) is one of the best-known and most influential figures of the French Revolution. He largely dominated the Committee of Public Safety and was instrumental in the period of the Revolution commonly known as the Reign of Terror, which ended with his arrest and execution in 1794.

Robespierre was influenced by 18th century Enlightenment philosophes such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Montesquieu, and he was a capable articulator of the beliefs of the left-wing bourgeoisie. He was described as being physically unimposing and immaculate in attire and personal manners. His supporters called him "The Incorruptible", while his adversaries called him the "Tyrant".

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