MEMS 411 - Special Topics
Section: 001 The Invention of Modern France, 1500-1700
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
May not be repeated for credit.
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How, in the course of the events and tumults of history, do we define the structures and elements that compose the entity which became a model for the whole of Europe: France? In what manner does such a society gradually assume coherence?

To answer these questions this seminar will study the king and monarchical culture from the Valois to the Bourbons. Topics to be covered will include: the court as crucible of the "civilizing process" (Elias); the intellectual universe of the arts, from Humanism to those generations drawn to the baroque; the principle aspects of urban culture, especially the novela aspects in comparison with those of the countryside; the means by which the mechanisms of royal justice-a new tool of social control in the period of executions and witch hunts-are defined; and finally it will examine the "Frances" that were periopheral to the radiant center of the all-powerful sovereignty within the thousand- year spectacle of collective adventure that was culminated by Louis XIV.

Assigned selected readings in English and/or French.

MEMS 411 - Special Topics
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001 (REC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with History 302.005 and FRENCH 340
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