What is the course about?
Napoleon had a huge impact on the French state and the French nation and many of his ideas and reforms were
also adopted across Europe as a result of the French empire which Napoleon founded. Some of these developments
were due to Napoleon himself and others emerged because of the systems he set up and the people he employed.
Many of the changes he initiated have had long term effects which can be seen up until the current day. The course
will examine some of these developments.
What will we cover?
The course will cover the emergence of Napoleon as leader of the French during the latter part of the revolution
during the Consulate and his seizure of power in France in 1799. It will examine his reforms of government and its
activities and his relationship with the Catholic church. It will consider the expansion to the Napoleonic system
across Europe. It will examine his foreign policy and its effects on the French population and economy. Finally it will
examine Napoleon’s legacy to the French state and nation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify four key events.
- Describe the rise of Napoleon and his impact on France.
- Identify two major internal developments within France initiated by Napoleon.
- Recognise the concept of a Napoleonic ‘Empire’.
- Discuss historian’s arguments about the period
- Approach the analysis of primary source documents and images.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp
of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen
to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of 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?
Through a mixture of lectures and class discussion, using a range of writings; visual evidence including maps,
photographs ,paintings; statistics and graphs; excerpts of literature, poems; and film clips. Evidence will include
primary sources as well as secondary sources (subsequent reflections).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs for this course. Pen and paper for note-taking as desired.No other costs are involved. You might
want to bring pen and paper for any voluntary note-taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HH805 The revolting French:1815-1871.
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