The Emergence of the Emigres In the French Revolution

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1. Why did Noblemen leave France?

  • They were being targeted by Jacobin supporters in Southern France and Paris
  • They wanted to join a absolute monarchy elsewhere in Europe
  • They had lost their privileges and felt unsafe
  • The Duke of Orleans had encouraged nobility to leave in a popular journal
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2. Why did the army suffer as a result of the growth in emigres?

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

3. What did many emigres join or support?

  • The Counter-Revolution
  • The Republican Movement
  • The Feuillants
  • The Constitutional Movement

4. Which members of the clergy were most likely to leave France?

  • Refractory Priests - those who had not taken the oath
  • The parish priests who felt hard done by in the Catholic wage system
  • Priests who had taken the oath to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy
  • Parish priests who felt intimidated by the Bishops and Abbotts

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

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


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