How serious was the radical threat facing pitt in the period: 1789-1801

Topics: French Revolution, American Revolutionary War, Liberalism Pages: 3 (1198 words) Published: November 25, 2013
How Serious Was the Radical Threat Facing Pitt In The Period 1789-1801? The French revolution broke out in 1789, and while at first Britain was pleased and welcomed the changes that the revolution brought to France (i.e. the new constitutional monarchy mirrored Britain's political system in many ways.) Pitt and his government began to become worried when the revolution in France stepped up a gear and became more extreme, they obviously didn't want a repeat of the French experience in Britain. The outcome of the revolution was inevitable and in 1792 when France became a republic, it was also the start of a period of time (1793-1794) that became known as 'revolutionary terror'. Revolutionary terror is essentially force used or implemented against people or groups who are counter-revolutionary. This caused a great fear of revolution in Britain and contributed to Britain going to war with France In January 1793 after the execution of Louis XVI. This led to a fear of French invasion of Britain throughout the country and worried Pitt and his government greatly from 1793-1801. This fear was not unfounded as France tried to invade Britain twice, firstly, in 1797 a small group of French soldiers landed in the small welsh village of Fishguard . Even though this small band of troops were easily captured and dealt with, it still began to plant a very real threat of invasion into Britain's soils. In 1798, a larger French military force landed in Ireland and successfully assisted the Irish Rebels, which again showed and proved that the threat of invasion to Britain was now significant and there were now also British worried that France would begin to use Ireland as a 'stepping-stone' to invade Britain. After Pitt declared War on France in 1793, he had hoped to fight a traditional colonial war, but due to the state of the army, he had to focus Britain's army on the naval war and pay others to fight the colonial war for him. He paid for this by introducing income tax. After...
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