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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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Troop Movements and Attroupements

Troop Movements and Attroupements

Civil Disorder in Paris, May 17–June 22, 1848

(p.166) 8 Troop Movements and Attroupements
Controlling Paris

Jonathan M. House

NYU Press

This chapter examines the civil disorders that erupted in Paris from May 17 to June 22, 1848 and the government tactics used to control the attroupements (mobs) that disturbed the capital. It analyzes the events that transpired during the period between the dissolution of paramilitary units on May 16 and the National Workshops on June 23, along with their significance with respect to the French Revolution of 1848. The chapter first considers the reappearance of a large regular army garrison in Paris that allowed the government to face the June insurrection and address the problem of political reliability in the armed forces, particularly the National Guard and the Mobile Guard. It then turns to the constant street disorders and the problems they posed in terms of tactics and communications and goes on to discuss the reorganization of the Republican Guard, the gathering of large and aggressive crowds in Paris, and how the Commission of Executive Power and its military subordinates went about controlling the mobs.

Keywords:   civil disorders, Paris, attroupements, army garrison, insurrection, political reliability, National Guard, Mobile Guard, Republican Guard, mobs

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