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By James Roberts

The main violent facets of the Revolution, the most expensive in lifestyles, have been the results of the clash among Revolution and Counter-Revolution. a wide a part of the French humans felt betrayed via a Revolution which did not anything for them and which represented an assault on their lifestyle. The rebellions which this provoked, and their savage repression, marked the political map of France for over a century. even as the doctrines of Counter-Revolution, which provided a good substitute to the Revolution, have been being constructed in exile by means of royal and aristocratic migrs. This publication brings jointly the newest paintings on a topic that's significant to an knowing not only of the French Revolution yet of a lot French political controversy over the last centuries.

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The princes were therefore increasingly obliged to look to Britain for help and to give way, reluctantly, to the principles on which its policies were based. The principles and aims of British policy were remarkably clear and consistent right down to Waterloo (and for that matter beyond) even if the execution and means were sometimes confused and inept. From the beginning of the Revolution the British government had done its best to remain aloof, welcoming the confusion in France as a means of checking its rival's pretensions.

38 The Counter-Revolution in France 1787-1830 A great many influences led a priest in 1790-1 to decide for or against taking the oath: his fellow priests, his bishop, his seminary, even, possibly, the extent to which the diocese had been affected by the theological movement known as Jansenism. There were also material considerations - how far the Revolution improved his financial position. Of course, this was less likely to be the case in areas where the clergy was well off. But most of all, there was the influence of his parishoners.

Religion was another great unifying element, above all in the South and West, but its place in the popular CounterRevolution needs to be considered in more detail. The earliest expression of popular opposition to the Revolution came from the South. The Midi, that is the Provinces of Languedoc and Provence but also including Lyons and the Lyonnais, was a world apart to many Frenchmen, and indeed thought of itself in the same light. Political moderation during the Revolution, or for that matter before it, was not a characteristic of the region, at whatever end of the political spectrum one cares to look.

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