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Serge Aberdam

La Convention en campagne. à propos des éditions du projet de constitution de 1793

Le Temps des médias n°7, hiver 2006-07, p.20-34

It may seem a misnomer to refer to “political campaigns” and “press campaigns” when referring to preparations for elections during the French Revolution. Voting procedures, practices and conduct differed markedly from those of today ; yet, in the rhetoric of the time, they came to be called “democratic”. In 1793, the Convention sought to mobilise citizens so that they participated directly in the vote on a draft Constitution. The promotion of the Constitution became a key political issue. The success of this operation far exceeded expectations ; it became accordingly a political yardstick by which similar initiatives were measured throughout the nineteenth century. DrapeauFrancais

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