Summer 1792:

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560424
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741814 | DOI:
Summer 1792:

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This chapter discusses the large remit and structure of the Interior ministry, and also discusses Roland's competence. The ‘experiment in cabinet government’ is described, along with its domination by Dumouriez and relations with the king. Ministers dine together regularly: Mme Roland ‘s role as assistant to her husband and political hostess is examined. Robespierre is wary of the ministry: he maintains contact with Mme Roland, but when, under pressure from Dumouriez and Brissot, war is declared, Robespierre becomes an opponent, responding no further to her approaches. The war goes badly for the French armies at first.

Keywords: Robespierre; Brissot; Dumouriez; political hostess; Interior ministry; war

Chapter.  6172 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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