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date: 13 December 2019

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The Revolution’s interaction with, and impact upon, the countryside during the years 1790–2 is the focus of this chapter. Rural unrest continued during these years and the relationship between legislators in Paris and a diverse peasantry evolved and often exhibited signs of conflict, tension, negotiation, and compromise. The chapter traces and addresses several key issues: the new laws on feudalism, taxation, and land holding as well as the religious schisms of 1791–2. Many of these had a different dynamic and outcome according to place and social structure, yet it is argued that the peasantry, in concert with urban legislators, helped to shape the aims, meaning, and course of the Revolution in the countryside.

Keywords: Peasantry, feudalism, taxation, land, religion, rural code

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