Insurrectionary Commune

With the backdrop of a failing war effort, the increasingly radical popular movement become a strong force for the Parisian municipal government to grapple with. The municipal government was divided into 48 sections, 47 of them supported the calls for the deposition of the King.

The force of this radicalised revolutionary spirit was such that on 9 August 1792, these 47 sections had merged into a unified bloc and replaced the Paris Commune with the Insurrectionary Commune by force, led by Danton and urged by Marat through his newspaper L’Ami du people. The membership of this new Insurrectionary Commune was largely urban workers, who outnumbered the bourgeois by a factor of 2. Indeed, this working class composition aided the radicalisation of the institution as they were strong believers in direct democracy and represented the growing presence of radically liberal opinion in the governance of France.


See Also

The Terror