Political Trials, Terror and Civil Society: The Case of the Revolutionary Tribunal in Paris, 1793–94

  • Mike RapportEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice book series (PHPPJ)


This chapter investigates the friction arising from the pressures of making politically-driven prosecutions within a well-developed civil society. Using the posters and pamphlets produced by the Revolutionary Tribunal to explain its judgments to the public, this chapter argues that the court used the publicity to legitimise the government’s pursuit of its enemies and to help prepare citizens for a republican future. It then charts the often sceptical public response by using the (admittedly problematic) police reports on opinion in Paris. The complex relationship between Tribunal and people shows that the Terror could not have functioned without some acquiescence from the latter.


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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowScotland

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