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1 The Rise of Political Clubs and the Emergence of the Republican Movement L.O. To explain the role of the new political clubs L.O. To analyse the course of the republican movement

2 The Revolutionary Clubs As there were no political parties, the clubs played an important part in the Revolution. They kept the public informed on the major issues of the day, supported election candidates and acted as pressure groups to influence deputies in the Assembly and to promote actions which the deputies seemed reluctant to undertake.

3 The Jacobin Club When the Assembly moved to Paris after the October Days some deputies and their supptorters rented a room from the monks of a Jacobin convent. At the club, members debated measures that were to come before the Assembly. The Jacobin club set a high entrance fee for its members. Jacobin ideology was based upon a combination of Enlightenment thought and revolutionary practice. They came to reject the notion of monarchy. The significance of the clubs is that they enabled for the first time large numbers of people to become directly involved in the political life of their country.

4 The Cordeliers Club The Cordeliers were more radical than the Jacobin Club and had no membership fee. It objected to the distinction between ‘active’ and ‘passive’ citizens and supported measures which the sans-culottes favoured

5 Rural discontent in rural and urban areas By the start of 1790 many peasants became disillusioned with the Revolution. The sense of anticipation which followed the ‘Night of 4 August’ quickly diminished once they realised that feudal dues were not abolished outright, but would have to be bought back. These rural revolts placed pressure on the Jacobin club and contributed to a crisis in the revolution which ultimately ended in the king being deposed and feudalism being completely abolished.

6 The sans-culottes The sans-culottes were the workers in the towns. They were not a class; they included artisans, master craftsmen and wage-earners. They had been responsible for the successful attack on the Bastille and for bringing the royal family back to Paris in the October Days. The discontent of the urban workers could be used by the popular societies, which linked economic protests to the political demand for a republic whose representatives were directly elected by the people and by groups in the Assembly who were seeking power. This made the Revolution more radical in ways which the bourgeois leaders on 1789 had neither intended or desired.

7 Divisions among the Jacobins After the flight to Varennes, radicals were appalled when the King was not dethroned or put on trial. The Cordeliers club took the lead with popular societies and persuaded the Jacobins to join them in supporting a petition for the King’s deposition. This split the Jacobin club. Those who did not want the King deposed-and this included nearly all members who were deputies-left the club. They set up a new club the feuillants which for the moment they had control of the Assembly. This group were constitutional monarchists. Robespierre remained as leader of a small group of radical members.

8 What Where Why Who When

9 Why were the events of the Champ de Mars important? See p. 67

10 What does this source tell us about how the sans-culottes viewed Louis? ‘The chief of executive power of the state is the main link in the counter-revolutionary chain…he has separated his interests from those of the nation…his conduct is a perpetual act of disobedience to the constitution’ A petition from the Paris Sections for the dethronement of the King. The Paris Sections are the power base for the sans-culottes.

11 Plenary What impact did the new revolutionary clubs have on the course of the revolution?


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