After the fall of the monarchy in 15 August 1792, the atmosphere in the country was not the most comfortable place to be in. Everyone seemed to be skeptical and scared of not being safe during the wars and riots. An interview with a peasant in France shows the general atmosphere in the country.
Juvia Rennage states, “Everything seems hopeless and unsafe in this country. We need a light that will shine and comfort us so that we can live our daily lives without fear”. From these doubts and fears, the Legislative Assembly quickly took action.
It was not long after the fall of the monarchy, in 1793, that the National Convention decided to create a new committee for the country. It was known as The Committee of Public Safety. This committee was responsible for protecting the country from foreign attacks and internal rebellion. Progress was rapid because this was the time of the Reign of Terror. Many rebellions, wars, and fights were declared and the committee had to act fast and efficiently. As these situations became more intense, the committee started to take responsibility and became the center of power in the country.
Suddenly, a drastic political change occurred during the cold French winter. In December 1793, as the convention put the entire power of the government under The Committee of Public Safety, the members of the committee started to grow hungry for the potential power they could receive. As a result, the members fought for the leadership position, with Maximilien Robespierre being the one to establish himself as a virtual dictator. He became one of the prominent leaders of the radical Jacobins and was known as “The Incorruptible” after becoming a dictator.
Robespierre was not the greatest in decision-making. He acted irrationally and attacked the members of the Committee of Public Safety and The Committee of General Security. Tragically, Robespierre had lost the quarrel and was arrested and executed along with his brother, Augustin Robespierre. And thus came the end of this dictator. In the end, “The Incorruptible” was just name; nothing more, nothing less.
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