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War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic StatePolitics and Army Administration in France, 1791–1799$
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Colin Burrow

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205425.001.0001

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A Separation of Powers

A Separation of Powers

(p.12) 1 A Separation of Powers
War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic State

Howard G. Brown

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of the separation of powers in France during the later part of the 18th century. It suggests that the French Revolution began on June 17, 1789 when the Third Estate claimed supreme legislative power in the state by adopting the title National Assembly and guaranteeing the monarchy's debt. After this event, the monarchy was no longer the sole repository of state sovereignty, combining legislative, executive, and judicial power.

Keywords:   separation of powers, France, Third Estate, National Assembly, monarchy, political history

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