Spring 2024

The French Revolution

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-230  |  History, as HIST-230

Faculty

Ellen R. Boucher (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as HIST 230 [EU/TC/TE/P] and EUST 230.) Often viewed as one of the defining events in modern history, the French Revolution has been debated and discussed, derided and celebrated by generations of politicians, cultural commentators, and historians. This course enters into this on-going conversation by examining the nature of the revolutionary process as it unfolded in late eighteenth-century France and its empire. Beginning in the “old regime” of kings and commoners, it untangles the social, political, and intellectual roots of the Revolution and investigates the extent to which these factors contributed to the radical overthrow of the French establishment in 1789. It then follows the extension of the Revolution throughout French society and across the seas to the Caribbean, analyzing how popular and colonial upheavals influenced the revolutionary new order of “liberty, equality, and brotherhood” that was taking shape in France. Finally, the course explores the aftermath of the Revolution by tracing the various ways that its history has been interpreted and reinterpreted from the nineteenth century to the present day. Two class meetings per week.

Spring semester. Professor Boucher.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority access for history and EUST majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Close analysis of historical evidence, which may include written documents, images, music, films, or statistics from the historical period under study. Exploration of scholarly, methodological, and theoretical debates about historical topics. Extensive reading and intensive in-class discussions. Using primary and secondary sources to develop original historical arguments in written work.

Offerings

2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Fall 2014, Spring 2018, Spring 2024