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Redefining the Monarchiens: the failure of moderation in the French Revolution

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dc.contributor.author Robitaille, Mathieu
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-24T22:59:48Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-24T22:59:48Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-08-24T22:59:48Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2966
dc.description.abstract The French Revolution continues to fascinate historians. The political culture which it is said to have spawned has recently become a particularly salient feature in its recent historiography. Many have argued that the discrepancy between the hopes that the Revolution initially generated and the destruction, war, and terror that followed was the inevitable result of this culture. Within this framework, the defeat of the constitutional proposals of the group of moderate politicians known as the Monarchiens has been portrayed as the Revolution’s missed opportunity to avoid the violence of the Terror. Their most important proposals were for a bicameral legislature and strong royal authority. My thesis questions assumptions about the ideological coherence of the five most influential proponents of this model and the inevitability of their defeat. To do this, I will analyze the pre-revolutionary political careers of these men up to the defeat of their proposals in the summer of 1789, and demonstrate that their political proposals were contingent on the political context, often changing drastically to fit the demands of circumstance. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject French Revolution en
dc.subject Political History en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::History::Europe--History en
dc.title Redefining the Monarchiens: the failure of moderation in the French Revolution en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Alexander, R. S.
dc.degree.department Dept. of History en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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