The French Revolution: A Political History 1789-1804 - Vol. 2

The French Revolution: A Political History 1789-1804 - Vol. 2

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The French Revolution: A Political History 1789-1804 - Vol. 2

The French Revolution: A Political History 1789-1804 - Vol. 2

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I. Measures taken by the Legislative Assembly against the royal power. -- II. Public opinion in France in July and August, 1792. -- III. The Federals. -- IV. The Paris ian journals and Republicanism. -- V. Sectional agitation. -- VI. The attitude of the Legislative Assembly.

I.

AT the very time when the Legislative Assembly was declaring itself to be monarchical, it found itself drawn, by the necessity of the situation, by the fact of the war, and by the existence of the latent treason of the King, into measures of defence against the King, which had no other object than that of saving a threatened country; measures which, in reality, deprived the royal power of something of its prestige and authority, and thus prepared the way for the downfall of the throne. The Assembly felt itself forced to treat as an enemy, one who must before all else be disarmed, the King whom it had sworn to maintain; whom, in fact, it wished to maintain.

We have seen that the Assembly disbanded the King's guard, and that the King sanctioned the decree.

Having deprived the King of the means of defence against a popular insurrection, the Assembly had sought to create for itself a military force whose function should be to annul the projects of the King and . . .

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