What is the course about?
Why did the French revolt against established governments in 1815, 1830, 1848 and 1871 and why, at times, did individuals and movements with totalitarian tendencies have more appeal in France than parliamentary regimes.
We will use a variety of sources, including cartoons, pamphlets and memoirs to track revolutions and dictatorial tendencies across the Channel
The tutor Pam Pilbeam, Emeritus Professor of French History, University of London, has written extensively on French and European History. Her most recent book is Saint-Simonians in Nineteenth-Century France: from Free Love to Algeria. She is currently writing The Revolting French: Revolutions in C19 France (Seminar Studies, Routledge). She has recently taught several courses on French history at the City Literary Institute, and also teaches at Birkbeck College.
What will we cover?
Dictatorial revolt: Napoleon: the Hundred Days
July Revolution 1830: barricades and workers
Liberal lack of revolt: 1830-48 Elites hold onto power
Citizen king Louis-Philippe
Urban revolt Lyon- silk workers 1831 and 1834
Democratic revolt 1848 February
Social revolt 1848 June Days
1848 Bonapartism: election of Louis-Napoleon as president
Democratic despot: Napoleon III- the Arab Emperor
War and Republican revolt 1870
Workers’ revolt: Paris Commune 1871.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Describe and evaluate key political and social developments in France between 1815 and 1871.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An introductory level course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lectures and class discussion. Additional reading is optional however if you wish to support your learning with additional reading, please see the list below:
Alexander M. French History since Napoleon, Arnold, 1999.
Crook M. (ed) Revolutionary France (OUP, 2003).
Cobban,A. History of Modern France, vol.1 and 2
Parry DLL & Girard P. France since 1800 (2002).
Pilbeam P. French Socialists before Marx. Workers, Women and the Social Question (Acumen, 2000)
Pilbeam P. Saint-Simonians in Nineteenth-Century France: from Free Love to Algeria (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2013)- ch.1. available free on Amazon.
Pilbeam P. Themes in Modern European History 1780-1830 (Routledge, 1995)
Pilbeam P. The Constitutional Monarchy in France 1814-1848 (Seminar Studies, Pearson, 2000)
Pilbeam, P., Republicanism in C19 France (Macmillan, 1995)
Pilbeam P. The 1830 Revolution in France.London,1994.
. Price R. A Concise History of France (CUP, 1993). V.brief overview
Tombs R. France 1814-1914, London, 1996. handy survey- tho not a starter book.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Just note taking materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in European history. Please see the City Lit website.