What is the course about?
The French Revolution remains one of the great turning points in modern history. Its drama, ideals and bloodshed
continues to fascinate generations of students and divide historians. This course will try to make sense of the
(sometimes confusing) events from 1789 to 1799 which include revolution, civil war, foreign invasion, State Terror
political reaction and the emergence of Napoleon.
What will we cover?
* the ancien regime in France: society, economics, politics
* the revolution of 1789
* the key areas of division in revolutionary France: war, the monarchy and the Catholic Church
* The response of the rest of Europe to the French Revolution
* the end of the monarchy and the Terror
* the Thermidorian reaction.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1) identify the main social and political changes that occurred in France between 1789 and 1799.
2) Identify and evaluate the contributions key individuals and groups made to the course of the French Revolution.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No background knowledge is expected- this is an introductory course. You will need to be interested in modern
European history, be willing to read and discuss short texts in class and have an open and critical mind.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mixture of lecture, Q & A, source work, pair/group and class discussion. A comprehensive bibliography will be
given at the beginning of the course. Also (brief ) reading materials will be given at the end of each session. Please note, that supplementary reading is not a course requirement, but you will get more out of the course if you do
some extra reading .
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None, but you may want to bring a pen and paper/notebook for any notes you would like to make during class sessions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HH166 The French nation and Napoleon.
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