What is the course about?
The Dreyfus Affair itself (1894-1906), the ideological debates around it, its immediate and long-term consequences and its role in the making of modern France.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The political and international context of the Dreyfus Affair
The moments of the Affair (1894-1906): the first trial of Alfred Dreyfus and his degradation and deportation, the struggle for the truth, the second trial, the second conviction of Dreyfus, pardon and amnesty
The rise of nationalism and anti-Semitism
Old and new actors: the Army, the press and the emergence of the “intellectuals”
The consequences of the Dreyfus Affair: the strengthening of the Republic and its values?
The long-term legacy of the Dreyfus Affair.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify the key actors who played a major role during the Affair.
Explain the motives of the anti-Dreyfusards.
Analyse and discuss anti-Semitism in France at the time of the Dreyfus Affair.
Explain how the figure of “the intellectual” emerged during the Affair.
Analyse and discuss constructively how the Dreyfus Affair ultimately consolidated the republican regime.
Analyse the long-term legacy of the Dreyfus Affair.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some background knowledge about France would be useful but is not essential.
A good standard of English is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be a combination of lecture, backed by PowerPoint presentation, and discussions in large groups. Handouts will be available.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Books will be recommended but students are not required to purchase them if they do not wish.
This is not an exam course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in French and European history. Please see the City Lit website.