Modern France

History 166C

Fall 2018
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
12 Haviland
Day & Time: 
Tue/Thu 3:30–5pm
Class Number: 
32199
Units: 
4

This course explores modern France and its place in the world. We begin with the French Revolution, one of the truly earth-shaking events in history, and then we follow French history through a series of monarchical, authoritarian, and democratic regimes. In the process, we will also trace the emergence, expansion and decline of a great colonial empire. Issues of focus include French cultural and intellectual life; empire as a way of life not only for colonists but also for those living in mainland France; religion; immigration; battles over “who is French”; and dramatic changes in French economy and society during the past two centuries.