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The Revolution in Provincial FranceAquitaine, 1789–1799$
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Alan Forrest

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206163.001.0001

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The Revolution in the Countryside

The Revolution in the Countryside

(p.121) 5 The Revolution in the Countryside
The Revolution in Provincial France

Alan Forrest

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the spread of the French Revolution in the countryside. Though revolutionary opinion was expressed through clubs, sections, and representative bodies, the peasants had always been conscious of their grievances, especially during the last years of the ancien regime. By 1789, the calm that heralded the meeting of the Estates-General soon gave way to scenes of violence and rural riot during the summer and autumn months. The countryside was rapidly mobilized in accordance with the long-established traditions of rural revolt and peasant anger.

Keywords:   French Revolution, rural revolt, peasants, ancien regime, rural riot

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