Modern France: from the Paris Commune to the Vichy Regime

Course Dates: 02/05/24 - 06/06/24
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
After uncertain beginnings, the Third republic managed to survive numerous crises until the defeat of 1940 sealed its fate. Re(discover) this exciting period, its actors and how their policies shaped modern France.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Modern France: from the Paris Commune to the Vichy Regime
  • Course Code: HEH72
  • Dates: 02/05/24 - 06/06/24
  • Time: 15:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin

Course Code: HEH72

Thu, day, 02 May - 06 Jun '24

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Political and social developments in France between 1871 and 1944.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The course will cover the historical evolution of French politics and society throughout the Third Republic, with an in-depth analysis of key moments and issues that affected the country.

Topics will include:
- The Paris Commune
- The birth of the Third Republic
- The Belle Epoque
- The consequences of the First World War
- The 1920s and early 1930s: crises and the rise of extremism
- The Front Populaire
- The Vichy Regime.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify the four main challenges the Republic was confronted to between the 1870s and 1900.
Identify the main actors who played a key role in French politics during the Third Republic.
Explain why, in spite of various crises, the period 1900-1914 is known as “la Belle Epoque”
Analyse and discuss constructively some of the key social changes that occurred during the 1930s.
Analyse and discuss the reasons behind the fall of the Third Republic.
Analyse the responsibility of the Vichy regime in the persecution, deportation and extermination of Jews.

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.
An open mind and a willingness to engage respectfully in class discussion and debate.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be a combination of lectures and discussions in small and large groups. Handouts will be available for each session. Material to prepare each session will be available on the website for the course. When appropriate, there will be videos and slides.
Course is taught online via zoom.

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.
There are no extra costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HEH73 Modern France:from de Gaulle and the Resistance to Macron.

Sebastien Ardouin

After under- and post-graduate studies in Politics and History in both France and the UK, Sébastien settled in London. He has been teaching at the City Lit since 2001. Over the years, he has covered many different subjects, including politics, history, economy and culture of Latin America, French modern history, European history, global issues and current affairs. In his classes, Sébastien hopes to give learners the skills, tools and information that can help them not only to make sense of the world we live in but also to understand the origins of the key issues we face.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.