End of the Terror; Fall of Robespierre

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Historical Context Note

On 28 July 1794 (9 Thermidor, Year II), the threat to France of invasion having been lifted by victory at the Battle of Fleurus, opponents of the terror gained the upper hand in the National Convention and they called for the execution of Robespierre and Saint Just, and the end of the Commune of Paris. Robespierre was not forgiven by the Parisian sans-culottes for having executed their leader, Hébert, in March. They watched him go to the guillotine without remorse. The Committees of Public Safety and General Security were purged of radicals and then in August the powers of the committees were weakened and dispersed. Whilst relief was immediately felt, by the end of the year the Revolutionary project had been replaced by price rises a…

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Editors. "End of the Terror; Fall of Robespierre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 December 2007
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  1. French Revolution and French Revolutionary Wars: 1789-1802