What were the functions of the Directory in the French Revolution? The aims, roles and influence of the Directory in the French Revolution.

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The Directory was the government that ruled France after the overthrow of the Committee of Public Safety, which had ruled under the "Reign of Terror." This period is sometimes known as the "Thermidorian Reaction" after the month in the French revolutionary calendar in which the Committee was overthrown. That it was called a "reaction" suggests much about the purpose of the new government--it was intended to roll back some of the radical reforms that had taken place after the outbreak of war in Europe. The Directory governed France from 1794 to 1799. It was composed of a bicameral legislature as well as a five man "directory" that served as the executive. These...

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