Already engrossed with setbacks on the eastern frontier, in March 1793, the French revolutionaries were confronted with a new challenge in the west. Recruitment riots had gripped the nation, and in a region known as the Vendée, these disturbances fast became organised resistance. By June 1793, civil war consumed western France, and large swaths of the countryside were controlled by the Royal and Catholic Army.
In this episode, we explore why the Vendée was the first region to revolt against the National Convention, the unique characteristics of the civil war, and multiple debates which bitterly divide historians.
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