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History 2403E Final: Flight to Varennes

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HIS 2403E
Jeffrey Temple
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Flight to Varennes
Significance of Louis XVI’s attempt to flee
Treason against country
Illustrates danger of foreign invasion
Documents left in Paris denouncing the revolution
1. Democrats- thought they were now free
Population arms itself
Declares itself a republic
2. Assembly members- beginning to fear popular class of Paris and democratic
Fear popular revolt
Edging toward king- but they don’t trust Louis XVI
Question: Should the King be tried?
He committed a crime (treason)
But traditionally- king is untouchable
Some argued that he abdicated when he fled
September- king swears allegiance to the constitution again
Enough for the assembly
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