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(A machine which makes a Frenchman shrug his shoulders with good reason. - Ambrose Bierce)
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The '''guillotine''' is a device developed by Doctor [[Joseph-Ignace Guillotin]], a French physician as a humane device for [[capital punishment|execution]].   
 
The '''guillotine''' is a device developed by Doctor [[Joseph-Ignace Guillotin]], a French physician as a humane device for [[capital punishment|execution]].   
  
It became the symbol of the [[Reign of Terror]] in the [[French Revolution]] where the [[Jacobins]] and the mob (mostly ''[[sans culottes]]'') seized the government and through [[committee of public safety|Committees of Public Safety]] drew up lists of people for execution.  The radical leader of the Jacobins, [[Maximilien Robespierre]], saw "swift, severe, indomitable justice" exacted against the enemies of the people the only way to preserve the revolution and be "the Salvation of the People."  
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It became the symbol of the [[Reign of Terror]] in the [[French Revolution]] when the [[Jacobins]] and the mob (mostly ''[[sans culottes]]'') seized the government and through [[committee of public safety|Committees of Public Safety]] drew up lists of people for execution.  The radical leader of the Jacobins, [[Maximilien Robespierre]], saw "swift, severe, indomitable justice" exacted against the enemies of the people as the only way to preserve the revolution and be "the Salvation of the People."  
  
 
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The guillotine is a device developed by Doctor Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, a French physician as a humane device for execution.

It became the symbol of the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution when the Jacobins and the mob (mostly sans culottes) seized the government and through Committees of Public Safety drew up lists of people for execution. The radical leader of the Jacobins, Maximilien Robespierre, saw "swift, severe, indomitable justice" exacted against the enemies of the people as the only way to preserve the revolution and be "the Salvation of the People."