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dc.contributor.authorFrey, Linda S.
dc.contributor.authorFrey, Marsha L.
dc.contributor.editorRowlands, Guy
dc.coverage.spatialvi, 177 p.en_US
dc.identifier.citationFrey, L. S. and Frey, M. L. (2011). “Proven patriots”: the French diplomatic corps, 1789-1799. St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture, no. 3. Centre for French History and Culture of the University of St Andrews.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study analyzes a hitherto unexamined group, the French diplomatic corps during the Revolution (1789 to 1799), and focuses on the question of loyalty and conscience. For some diplomats choice was an illusion as their status often determined their fate. Some supported the king and continued to do so in spite of the high cost, often creatively sabotaging the Revolution. Others put nation, as they defined it, above king. Because the definition of loyalty constantly shifted the corps, like the army and the bureaucracy, was periodically purged. Those who had worked for or been sympathetic to the old regime or those who had allied with a certain political faction came under scrutiny. The turmoil in the diplomatic corps not only had international repercussions but also reflects larger societal trends, such as the attack on the aristocracy and the displacement of one elite by another. The French diplomatic corps was thus emblematic of many issues surrounding the revolutionary struggle of this decade.en_US
dc.publisherCentre for French History and Culture of the University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofSt Andrews Studies in French History and Culture, no. 3en_US
dc.relation.isversionofLonger publication in French: "“Le Théâtre du monde”: les diplomates français dans la Révolution, 1789-1799", Paris : Presses Universitaires de France, 2011.
dc.rightsThis book is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provisions of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of the Centre for French History and Culture.en_US
dc.subject.lcshDiplomatic and consular service, French--History--18th centuryen_US
dc.subject.lcshFrance--History--Revolution, 1789-1799en_US
dc.title“Proven patriots”: the French diplomatic corps, 1789-1799en_US
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dc.statusPeer revieweden_US

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