A Separation of Powers

Howard G. Brown

in War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic State

Published in print September 1993 | ISBN: 9780198205425
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676628 | DOI:
A Separation of Powers

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This chapter examines the history of the separation of powers in France during the later part of the 18th century. It suggests that the French Revolution began on June 17, 1789 when the Third Estate claimed supreme legislative power in the state by adopting the title National Assembly and guaranteeing the monarchy's debt. After this event, the monarchy was no longer the sole repository of state sovereignty, combining legislative, executive, and judicial power.

Keywords: separation of powers; France; Third Estate; National Assembly; monarchy; political history

Chapter.  11339 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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