British Charities and the Émigré Ideological Pursuit of Social Inequality

  • Juliette ReboulEmail author
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850 book series (WCS)


As a consequence of the large inflow of French emigrants into Britain that began in September 1792, the British private and governmental reliefs fortified the counter-revolutionary and pro-aristocratic projects of the loyalist government and the émigré establishment. Whether presented as a fundamental feature of the British character, or criticized for benefiting foreign parasites, British financial assistance to emigrants ultimately indebted those at the receiving end; it also created an unequal and ambiguous relation between British donors and those French émigrés aspiring to their national independence within their host country.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ArtsRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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