Federalist Revolt

In this second phase of the revolution, much of France had begun to turn against Paris and the revolution. The growing division between the Girondins and the Montagnards, and the supremacy of the Montagnards in terms of leadership, eventually led to the expulsion of the Girondins from the Convention by the Montagnards. The Federalist Revolt was led by many different groups: some were made up of the expelled Girondins who had fled Paris and were important leaders in the movement, others were Royalists who assumed the revolt was in the name of the monarchy (Shusterman, 177). These differing agendas show that the Federalist Revolt did not have a single, cohesive goal besides their opposition to the Montagnards, Robespierre, and Marat. This was viewed from Paris as a grave danger, for some even counter-revolutionary, but in reality it did not have the resources or strong leadership to threaten the revolution in Paris (Shusterman, 178).

Works Cited

William Doyle, The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2001).

Noah Shusterman, The French Revolution: Faith, Desire, and Politics (Routledge, 2014).