As European monarchs threaten war, Jacobin deputies embrace the challenge. A strange alliance is forged between republicans and monarchists as the nation prepares for conflict, while the supporters of a general revolution urge French liberation of the entire continent. Despite the numerous justifications used to pursue revolutionary war, the true motivations of leading actors remains obscure.

“‘Do you wish at one blow to destroy the aristocracy, the refractory priests, the malcontents? [Then] Destroy Coblenz.” – Jacques Brissot

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