Statists (Belgium)

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This article is about is about the Belgian political faction. For the political ideology, see Statism.
Henri Van der Noot, leader of the Statist Faction. 1790

The Statists (Dutch: Statisten) were a conservative political faction during the Brabant Revolution led by Henri Van der Noot and fiercely opposed to the more radical "Vonckist" faction.

History[edit]

The Statists initially tried to bring about a revocation of the reforms of Joseph II's perceived attacks on regional freedom. Eventually, the Statists were forced into exile in the Dutch Republic.[1] Statists supported Belgian independence but their main area of concern was protecting the local privileges and the Catholic Church.[1] After the proclamation of the United States of Belgium, the Statist managed to exclude the Vonckists from government and forced them into exile.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pappas, Dale. "Belgium from Revolution to the War of the Sixth Coalition 1789-1814". www.napoleon-series.org. Retrieved 18 February 2013.