Date of Award
Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)
Colby College. History Dept.
This study investigates propaganda aimed at depicting "the enemy" during the Terror period of the French Revolution (1792-1794) and during the Revolutionary and Civil War periods in Russia (1917-1920). The two periods under consideration are congruous for several reasons. First, during each period the regime in control solidified its power and became more repressive in an effort to further its revolutionary agenda. Both the Jacobins and the Bolsheviks were minority groups who gained control of countries in transition, and each government believed that unity among the people was essential in order to lead their country forward. When the Jacobins gained control of the National Assembly in 1791, they tried to exert their influence over the whole of France. They began to discuss and pass laws that in many ways were more radical than and contrary to the original goals of the revolution.
Propaganda, terror period, French revolution, Revolutionary War Russia, Civil War Russia, Enemy
Recommended CitationReid, Carole, "The Portrayal of Enemies in Propaganda during the Russian and French Revolutions" (1997). Senior Scholar Papers. Paper 287.
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