Elizabeth L. Crouch
Political, economic, and social history since the Congress of Vienna. Special emphasis upon the continuity of the revolutionary tradition.
The last two centuries of French history are filled with war, violence, and political intrigue, stemming from revolutionary upheavals aiming to alter society and a counter-revolutionary current fighting to maintain the status quo. This course will explore these two competing traditions of revolution and counter-revolution and their impact on the social, political, and cultural life of France beginning with the aftermath of the Revolution of 1789 and Napoléon and ending with contemporary cultural and political issues facing the 21st century. Particular emphasis will be placed on the impact of the following: nationalism and national identity; industrialization; imperialism and colonialism; war and revolutions; gender, religious, and class struggles; intellectual and artistic movements; the influence of Europe and the United States; racism and immigration; and the continuity of the revolutionary tradition.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is a B-term course that meets two hours every day and will consist of a combination of lectures and discussion.
No prerequisite required except a healthy intellectual curiosity.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be expected to attend lectures, finish assigned readings, watch required films, participate in class discussion, and complete writing assignments and examinations as defined in the course syllabus.