Fragmenting Executive Power

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:
Fragmenting Executive Power

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This chapter examines the so-called second revolution in France during the summer of 1792 which resulted in the fragmentation of executive power. This revolution, catalysed by the Paris Commune, completed the revolutionary shift to a fully democratic state elite that was started by the French Revolution. The conflict between the War Ministry and the military establishment also contributed to the violent vortex of revolutionary politics that steadily fragmented executive power until the state could no longer manage a war effort without instruments of terror.

Keywords: executive power; France; political history; democratic state; French Revolution; War Ministry; military; revolutionary politics

Chapter.  11969 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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