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Thermidor and the Bureaucratic Challenge

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205425.003.0007
Thermidor and the Bureaucratic Challenge

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This chapter examines the changes in the bureaucracy and in the structure and personnel of military administration in France during the Thermidorian Convention of the French Revolution. The Thermidorians had to face various problems, including the lack of stability of executive power and the Conventionnels' use of despotic state power for personal and factional ends. Somehow, the Thermidorian Convention largely surmounted the bureaucratic challenge of year III through cuts and consolidation.

Keywords: bureaucracy; military administration; France; Thermidorian Convention; French Revolution; executive power; political history

Chapter.  12465 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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