A French Genocide: The Vendee


A French Genocide: The Vendee

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A French Genocide: The Vend?e provides a detailed narrative of the civil war in the Vend?e region of western France, which lasted for much of the 1790s but was most intensely fought at the height of the Reign of Terror, from March 1793 to early 1795. In this shocking and controversial book, Reyanld Secher argues that the massacres which resulted from the conflict between “patriotic” revolutionary forces and those of the counter-revolution were not the inevitable result of fierce battle, but rather were “premeditated, committed in cold blood, massive and systematic, and undertaken with the conscious and proclaimed will to destroy a well-defined region, and to exterminate an entire people.” Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Secher argues that more than 14 percent of the population and 18 percent of the housing stock in the Vend?e was destroyed in this catastrophic conflict.

Secher s review of the social and political structure of the region presents a dramatically