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The "Great Fear" occurred from July 20 to August 5, 1789 in France at the start of the French Revolution. Rural unrest had been present in France since the worsening grain shortage of the spring, and the grain supplies were now guarded by local militias as bands of vagrants roamed the countryside. Rumors spread among the peasantry that nobles had hired these vagrants to prey on villages and protect the new harvest from the peasants.
In response, fearful peasants armed themselves in self-defense against the imaginary marauders by robbing the jail Bastille and attacked manor houses. Aristocratic property was ransacked, and documentation recording feudal obligations was destroyed. There were isolated incidents of violence against the aristocrats, but the peasants mostly wanted to destroy the records in which the feudal dues were recorded. Grain supplies were attacked and merchants suffered serious losses as peasants helped themselves to much needed supplies. The revolt spread across the country but gradually burned itself out as militias imposed law and order.Source(s): Wikipedia
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
The Great Fear during the French Revolution was a period of paranoia in the countryside. Peasants expected, yet feared, a monarchical and aristocratic counterrevolution. When they heard certain rumors that the king's armies were on their way over and that Austrians and Prussians were invading, terrified peasants and villagers organized militias. Others attacked and burned manor houses, sometimes to look for grain but usually to find and destroy records of the due dates of land-payments.
This Great Fear stirred up this confusion in the rural areas. When such news reached Paris, the deputies at Versailles believed that the administration of rural France had collapsed.
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- ChrispyLv 71 decade ago
This occurred in the wake of the French Revolution, and was just that: a wave of undefined terror that swept over the French countryside for no apparent reason. It was vaguely summed up in the simple phrase that seemed to come out of nowhere, "The brigands are coming!"
Now, who the brigands were, or where they were coming from, was the unknown factor. It was, I suppose, a putting into words of something that had no name, but that likely had its roots in all the turmoil in the cities, culminating in the beheading of the king.
Rural areas are frequently more resistant to change than urban ones are, and the French countryside was no different. The average farming family was more interested in making ends meet than in the happenings in Paris or Marseilles or Lyons, and what likely struck the greatest fear into them was the prospect of being pillaged by crazy folk from the cities, incited by blood lust.
Another factor, thought probably not quite as pressing, was the Cult of Reason and the threat this represented to the long-held religious faith of rural French people, whether Catholic or Protestant.
As things turned out, the Great Fear was no more than simply that: a vague, undefined sense of panic among the country people that came essentially from nowhere and, like an epidemic of physical illness, ran its course in due time.Source(s): The French Revolution was the subject of my senior seminar in college
- DonnaLv 44 years ago
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A fringe minority of Americans "fear" their government. A large majority are disgusted by it. As to other countries, I can only speak for Canada (and only from what I see and hear) ... a majority are disgusted with the current federal government of Steven Harper. Unfortunately because of three opposition parties who split the opposition vote we may be stuck with him for some time. But you are right Canadians don't fear their government, most ignore it (which is of course part of the problem).
- CattrinLv 41 decade ago
A time in their history around 1789 at the start of the French Revolution; alot of people were scared of what was to come becuase the thret of war had been building up so long.Source(s): 9th grade history.
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