The Emergence of the Emigres In the French Revolution

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1. Why did the rich members of the bourgeoisie leave France?

  • They feared for their lives and property
  • They feared they would be excluded from the Constitution
  • They feared a coup d'etat by the Jacobins
  • They knew that the middle classes didn't have to pay tax in Austria and Prussia
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2. How did the army improve because of the growth in the number of emigres?

  • Officers left France allowing rapid promotion of talented men to leading positions
  • There was less conflict between monarchist and republicans within the army
  • The Extremist generals left the army meaning fewer soldiers were intimidated by military radicalism
  • There was a significant growth in men joining the army to defend France from foreign armies

3. Why did the army suffer as a result of the growth in emigres?

  • The number of deskilled peasants entering the army grew as unemployment soared in other industries
  • Noble officers emigrated resulting in a lack of military discipline
  • Military Generals emigrated, leaking military information to foreign armies
  • The Foreign armies were growing and developing technical equipment at a faster rate

4. Which area was most active in rejecting the authority and reforms of the government?

  • Paris
  • The Vendee
  • Marseilles
  • Provincial Normandy

5. What did the term 'Emigres' become associated with?

  • A group of committed Monarchists who wanted to construct an Absolute Monarchy in Prussia
  • A group of radical republicans planning a future invasion with the help of foreign republicans
  • A group of frivolous nobles attempting to restore the Ancien Regime for personal gain
  • A group of devout Catholics who wanted to preserve the Papacy and Church

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