Georges Jacques Danton, you are accused of treason against the people of France!
Me, a traitor? Citizens, you all know me.
Execution of the People
Robespierre was executed
Please don't do this to me. I helped all of you in the revolution!
After the death of the king, new leaders began to form. Danton was one of the most popular leaders of the revolution. He was an outspoken defender of the rights of the people. He inspired the people to defend their country and rights. But, he began to believe that the revolution had gone too far. His rival, Robespierre began to want to get rid of anyone who disagreed with the revolutionary government. He decided who was the enemy and who wasn't. Whoever was decided was the enemy, was sent to the guillotine. Robespierre had blackmailed the prosecutor and the judges to send Danton to jail. They did everything they could to keep him silent. Danton's death followed over the couple of days, and he too was killed by the guillotine.
Napoleon fights in the army
During what was called the Reign of Terror, many civilians were killed. They were killed by Robespierre, who was master of the revolution at that time. Whatever he said went. If he said somebody was the enemy of the counrty, the person was beheaded. He did this to anyone who disagreed with the revolutionary government. Nearly 100 people died every week. After a while, it became that almost nobody was safe, not even the leaders of the revolutionary government. But, the bodies and the heads didn't stop piling...yet.
Napoleon takes his rule
Finally! I'm king at last!
By July 1794, nobody was in favor of Robespierre. The other leaders of the revolution turned against Robespierre. No matter how hard Robespierre tried not to die by the guillotine, it was no use. Robespierre was carried, bloody and screaming to the guillotine. Finally, by one swish of the blade, the Terror was over. Over all, 30,000 French people had been executed by the guillotine. Now, liberty was brought to them. Robespierre had gotten a taste of his own medicine!
The French Revolution created great oppurtunities in France for ambitious people. At the beginning of the revolution, a young man named Napoleon took advantage of this and joined the army. Napoleon was great at planning and organizing battles. He was finally noticed by the government leaders and appointed head government during a period of unrest. As a leader, Napoleon began a series of wars in which France won most of the wars and gained new lands. This was followed by many good things that Napoleon had done.
By 1804, with all the power Napoleon now had, he crowned himself emperor of France. He wanted more. So he decided to spread his empire all across Europe. But, four countries joined forces to stop him and succeeded. Napoleon's army was defeated for the last time at Waterloo and he was sent to St. Helena and warned to never come back.
Napoleon died in 1821 in St.Helena where he was banished to. Although Napoleon died, his ideas and doings stay with us. He restored order in France at the time when it was most needed and broke the power of the radical supporters of the revolution. He believed that people's skills mattered, and not their backgrounds. He changed things so that poor people's skills mattered and they had a chance to get ahead in government, army, and business. The Napoleonic Code made laws the same all over France. He also put an end to the special treatment for the nobles. To conclude, Napoleon combined the Enlightenment with the Revolution.