Now, Robespierre and the other radicals were criticized by Burke for wanting to turn France into a republic.
The bloody effervescence of the Bastille gave way to Robespierre and then Napoleon; Stalin crushed Trotsky.
If the rest of us have had trouble catching up to Robespierre and crew, well, we are starting from a bit of a handicap.
A French political leader of the eighteenth century. Robespierre, a Jacobin, was one of the most radical leaders of the French Revolution. He was in charge of the government during the Reign of Terror, when thousands of persons were executed without trial. After a public reaction against his extreme policies, he was executed without trial.