Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Reo Matsuzaki


Revolutions are pivotal event in political history, compressing far-reaching social changes into the space of a few years. The French is the best understood revolution, and yet political scientists have focused more on the causes of revolution, its initial phase, and the consequences. This scholarship ignores the Reign of Terror, and revolutionary violence more broadly, despite the central importance of violence in shaping the course of revolutions. This thesis breaks down the Reign of Terror as an exemplary phase of violence via three broad ecumenical theoretical approaches, and in so doing makes vital connection between social and political developments on the one hand, and violence and the course of history and theory on the other.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.