1790: Joining the Municipal Revolution

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560424
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741814 | DOI:
1790: Joining the Municipal Revolution

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This chapter shows how Jean-Marie Roland became a key player in Lyon's municipal politics while his wife writes for Le Patriote. Roland is elected a ‘notable’ (member of the enlarged city council) with other radicals who call for an end to the octrois – local excise duties oppressing the poor. He becomes a controversial figure during anti-tax riots, and with others encourages the local working-men's clubs to become linked to Paris Jacobins. As a full council member in November, when a progressive majority takes over, he chairs the finance committee.

Keywords: elections; La Patriote; Fête; octrois; municipality; notable; finances; riots; working-men's clubs; Jacobins

Chapter.  5950 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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