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Genève et la Révolution française

D. W. Freshfield dans The Life of Horace Benedict de Saussure, 1920, pp. 354-355, écrit:

<<The political history of Geneva during de Saussure's lifetime consists therefore in a struggle for supremacy between these warring elements, the aristocracy --the old families of the Upper Town, clinging tenaciously to privileges, thanks to which, they were convinced, the town had enjoyed at their hands for ever two hundred years an, on the whole, economical and competent rule; the members of the Assembly, impatient of a control which left them with only a shadow of political power; and a growing class of small tradesmen and artisans, men with specific and very practical grievances of their own.

This political and social unrest was going on and spreading up to the time when, stimulated by the French Revolution, it broke out in the last decade of the eighteenth century in riot and bloodshed, and an end came in the complete sweeping away of the historic constitution of Geneva and its temporary annexation to the French Republic>>.



Jean-Bernard ROUX
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