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Constituent Assembly

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405189224.2011.x


Title adopted by the estates general in July 1789 to indicate the deputies' determination to give France a new constitution. The period of the Constituent (July 1789-September 1791) was the most productive of the french revolution of 1789. The Assembly swept away the institutions of the ancien regime and introduced radical reforms to the religious, administrative, legal, financial, and economic structures of France, many of which changes proved to be sensible and enduring. The work of the Constituent often revealed the influence of the enlightenment . Fundamental to its reforms was the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (see rights of man ), decreed in August 1789, which laid down the principles on which the new constitution would be based. louis xvi , unwilling to accept any loss of sovereignty, reluctantly agreed to the new constitution in September 1791, at which point the Constituent was dissolved. It was succeeded by the Legislative Assembly. (See also civil constitution of the clergy ) ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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