HIS-3400 Modern French History

3 credits

Prerequisite: None.

This course examines the political, social, and cultural history of France from Ancient Regime through the end of the Twentieth Century. It examines events such as the Revolutions of 1789 and 1848, the reign of Napoleon, the Paris Commune, the First World War, the Vichy Regime, the Algerian War, and the constitution of the European Union. The course uses these events as vehicles for exploring a series of larger historical themes that have shaped modern France. We pay particular attention to France's difficult struggle to establish a lasting democracy, the paradoxes of French imperialism, the nature of citizenship and national identity, and the role of immigrants and of immigration throughout the nation's modern history. (Offered every third year)