HISTORY 313 - The Revolutionary Century: France, 1789-1900
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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The revolution of 1789 in France announced the beginning of a new age, in which established social and political traditions were to be swept away before the bracing winds of cultural novelty and political experimentation. Armed with a powerful new model of citizenship and national identity, France's revolutionaries sought to export their allegedly universal model of modern civilization to the rest of the world, beginning somewhat fitfully in the first half of the nineteenth century with Napoleon's invasion of Egypt and the conquest of Algeria in 1830, and then much more rapidly with French expansion in to west Africa and Indochina in the second half of the nineteenth century. The results were not always what the French expected, and in the late nineteenth century this vision of a "civilizing mission" was used to justify a predatory colonial policy that was to have painful consequences in the 20th century. Using a variety of sources --biography, historical documents, novels, and recent studies -- this class will explore the social and political history of France's revolutionary century, paying special attention to its resonance beyond France's European borders.

Intended audience:Undergraduates, especially history concentrators Class Format: 3 hours per week to consist of lectures and some discussion.

Course Requirements:Attendance, participation in discussions, mid-term exam, final exam and 10 page paper on related topic.

HISTORY 313 - The Revolutionary Century: France, 1789-1900
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
Tu 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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