>>577774 Because it tried to actually implement the absolute Idea of republicanism, liberté, egalité, fraternité. It tried to forcefully apply an Universal Idea, and that was a recipe for the Terror Same reason why Marxism always ends up into shitty centralized dictatorships
>>577774 If you're talking about the terror, they saw it as necessary to safeguard the revolution against outside invasion and internal overthrow.
The war of the first coalition saw about seven countries try to smash the revolutionary government, the Brunswick manifesto basically stated that if the king was harmed then the French people would be utterly destroyed.
Internally there were a series of royalist plots to overthrow the various republican governments as well as armed counterrevolutions in the Vendée and other peasant towns.
The violence of the Terror was a direct response to the violence of reaction.
>>578847 >The violence of the Terror was a direct response to the violence of reaction.
At first yes, you're not so wrong. But at the end la Grande Terreur was just an indefensible policy. A proto-totalitarian deviance of the state of emergency led by absolute madmen as Fouquier-Tinville or Carrier
>be 13 >I admire Robespierre so much >I know all his quotes >All evenings I pray to Robespierre >I thank him for the Republic that we've been given, by our Creator >"Robespierre is love, Robespierre is the Revolution", I say >My father gets mad and calls me a faggot >He's jealous of my devotion to the Terror >He slaps me and sends me to my room >I cry because it hurts >I lie on my bed >A warmth is moving towards me >I feel something touch me >It's Maximilien Marie Isidore de Robespierre >I am so happy >He whispers in to ear, "it's time for Terror" >He makes me lie down on the bed >I'm ready >I spread my ass cheeks for the Revolution >He penetrates me with his incorruptible dick >It hurts, but I do it for la Republique >I can feel my butt tearing as my eyes start to water >He pushes farther >I want to please Maximilien >He roars "Despotism!" while he fills me with his fraternity >My dad walks in >Maximilien looks him in the eye and says "The Revolution is the war of liberty against its enemies." >He leaves through my window >Maximilien Robespierre is life, Maximilien Robespierre is the Revolution >Next morning, I find my dad decapitated
>>578869 Except a lot of the time it wasn't those "madmen" leading the terror - it was the active intervention of the sans culottes that pushed it forwards and deepened the radicalism.
As for if it was indefensible or not: well it's a little bit irrelevant because it kind of worked. The french revolution was a success - it brought the bourgeoisie to power, introduced capitalist property relations, and was the catalyst that would eventually bring the rest of western Europe out of feudalism.
Friendly reminder that it took around 80 years and a huge military debacle for a stable democratic republic to finally emerge in France. This is what happens when you demolish overnight a social and political traditional order that stood for centuries and replace it with a bunch of underdeveloped concepts and vague slogans about liberty and equality. People are still coming to terms about wtf this whole democracy and popular representation stuff actually means (and what it doesn't mean). The Republic, the Empire, the various Restoration monarchies, and the Second Empire all tried to introduce their own various interpretations of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, that happened to diverge quite widely in practice.
Jacksonians were strongly opposed to the centralized government that the revolutionaries championed. They also weren't too fond of the urban merchants the French loved, and thought those dang ol Indians were hoarding land rather than the Church.
I'll assume you mean abolitionism when you mention the Civil War, but I'll point out that American abolitionism was religious and came at the issue from a completely different perspective than the French had.
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