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The "July Revolution" of 1830 in France overthrew the King, introduced down the Bourbon dynasty, and ended the fifteen-year period often called the recovery. lt validated the "July Monarchy" of Louis-Philippe, citizen­ King of the Hause of Orleans, a regime additionally destined for extinction eighteen years later. even though the 1848 rebel is of a little bit higher household political significance and significantly better in its eu scope and its social implications, the July Revolution of 1830 shouldn't be relegated to the reduce Ievels of ancient recognition. but, nowa days, even in France, particularly few works were released relating both the recovery or the revolution which terminated it. New interpretations, similar to the superb works of Bertier de Sauvigny and David Pinkney have woke up the passion of students; yet commonly, the intrinsic value of this era has been slighted for almost a century. There are purposes for this inattention: at the start look, the period turns out retrograde, born of a conservative response; and placid - it falls among Napoleon's monstrous earthquake on one part, and at the different, the dynamics of ecu nationalism, imperialism, and the category fight. however the recovery used to be neither archaic nor calm. lt was once, for all its appear anachronisms, an age of swift political, cultural, and social progress. France, in the course of those years, used to be maturing and ripening towards nationhood - and towards the collision of many complicated forces, culminating in revolution.

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Thefeuilles had done their work. King Charles X, however, refused to Iet Villele resign. Against all parliamentary custom, though not contrary to the vagueness of the Charter, a repudiated government ignored the voice of the electorate. The rural grands colleges had not reported, but even electoral frauds, in which Villele's prefects were skilled, could not tip the balance in his favor. Villele remained, and Paris seethed with unrest. On the evening of the nineteenth of November, 1827, a gang of about two dozen young men, slightly drunk, gathered before the Minister Peyronnet's house and shouted Vive Ia Charte!

The force of both press and Chambers left the stubborn Charles X with few legal weapons. On November 4, 1827, he dissolved the Chamber of Deputies, and for good measure, "packed" the hereditary body by creating over seventy peers. 1 Autornatically, under the law, the edict of dissolution released the press from censorship, enabling Villele's foes to intensify their campaign against 1 Le Moniteur, 4 November, 1827. As a political concession, Louis XVIII had retained Napoleon's peers and had rewarded many civil servants and prominent persons with peerage, giving that Chamber a mixed political nature.

1828. King to Villele, p. 315. 25 Daudet, Martignac, pp. 62-63. 42 THE FALL OF THE VILLELE MINISTRY Bordeaux who was regarded as the most persuasive speaker of the Chamber. But Martignac refused to serve with Villele, declaring that the old Cabinet could not endure for two more weeks. 26 Viiieie at last offered to resign and even the King acquiesced and "ordered" him to disband the Cabinet. Martignac accepted the Interior Ministry and a new Cabinet was quickly formed which included men of varied political views.

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