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Description of the Chouans and Other Counterrevolutionaries

Description of the Chouans and other Counterrevolutionaries


The counterrevolution was a very large movement that would over time engulf different parts of France from 1793 into the Napoleonic period. But it was not one thing, for many regions of different ideologies were involved. The most serious was the revolt in the west, including both the Vendée (especially during 1793–94) and the Chouans (strongest in 1795–96). This engraving (and the following one) mocks the "Counterrevolution" by depicting its participants grotesquely and comically. It shows three effeminate–looking dandies identified as officers of the Chouan army, setting forth "to assassinate, starve, and slit the throats of . . . patriots."


Cornell Rare DC140.9 F87++ Box 2, #82.

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"Description of the Chouans and Other Counterrevolutionaries," in World History Commons, [accessed May 27, 2024]