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Controlling ParisArmed Forces and Counter-Revolution, 1789-1848$
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Jonathan M. House

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479881154

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479881154.001.0001

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Public Force in Paris, February 24–May 4, 1848

Public Force in Paris, February 24–May 4, 1848

(p.126) 6 Public Force in Paris, February 24–May 4, 1848
Controlling Paris

Jonathan M. House

NYU Press

This chapter examines the political crisis that erupted in Paris in the last days of February and the first week of March 1848, with particular emphasis on the absence of reliable public forces to deal with disturbances in the capital in the wake of the revolution. It begins with a discussion of factionalism that emerged in the Second French Republic between the Provisional cabinet and various radical groups. It then considers the government order of March 14 that dissolved the elite grenadier and voltigeur companies of the Parisian National Guard, along with the War Ministry order of March 16 by which it resumed central direction of military actions in domestic affairs in preparation for the control of civil disorders. It also analyzes the question of National Guard reorganization and finally, the political and military consequences of April 16.

Keywords:   political crisis, public forces, Paris, factionalism, Second French Republic, radical groups, National Guard, War Ministry, civil disorders, reorganization

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