Brissot de Warville, Jacques Pierre
After his return to France in 1789 he began to edit the Patriote français, which later became an organ of the Girondists (at first called Brissotins). Brissot, feeling that war would spread the principles of the French Revolution, did much to foment it with his diatribes against Europe's monarchs. In the Legislative Assembly his great influence on the conduct of foreign affairs contributed to the French declaration of war on Austria in 1792. After the fall of the monarchy, a power struggle between two groups ensued, and the Girondists lost power. The Jacobins's victory over the Girondists resulted in his execution. He left memoirs.
See biography by E. Ellery (1915, repr. 1970).
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