HISTORY 314 - Empire, War, and Modernity: France and the World in the 20th Century
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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In the fall of 2005, people all over the world were shocked to see images broadcast on television of young men and boys in France — many of them born to parents of immigrant origin — burning cars and schools in their own neighborhoods, and battling with heavily armored police on the outskirts of many French cities. Coming on the heels of a decade-long debate about the place of Islam in French society, many have wondered whether the French model of integration, rooted in a republican tradition that has its origins in the late 18th-century, was inadequate to deal with the problems faced by contemporary French society. This course assumes at the outset that one cannot understand France's current predicament without looking at its complex and traumatic history in the 20th century, a period which encompasses two world wars, the German occupation, and the difficult and often violent struggles that accompanied the loss of its empire in the 1950s and early 1960s. With the help of autobiographies, novels, and works of history written by French people who lived in metropolitan France, as well as Senegal, Algeria, and Martinique, we will examine the painful trajectory of French history across this period.

Intended audience:Undergraduates interested in French history Class Format: 3 hours of lecture weekly with some discussion.

Course Requirements:Attendance, participation, mid-term exam, final exam, 10 page paper.

HISTORY 314 - Empire, War, and Modernity: France and the World in the 20th Century
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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