The French Revolution: The French Revolution, 1789-1815
DELLA ZAZZERA, ELIZABETH
This seminar will offer an in-depth study of the French Revolution from its origins in the Ancien Regime through the fall of Napoleon. It will focus on both the political and cultural history of the revolution, exploring not only the ideologies and actions of the National Assembly or the Committee of Public Safety, but also the practices at Louis XVIII’s émigré court, the use of festivals and other forms of commemoration to solidify political power, and the prevalence of violence, including warfare, as a revolutionary tool. Each week the students will analyze primary sources, supplemented by recent scholarship. The secondary material will provide the context necessary for understanding the primary sources, and will act as exemplars for the students’ own work. Evaluation will be based on class participation, two short book reviews, and a longer interpretive essay. This course will fulfill the pre-1800 requirement, the seminar requirement, and the European requirement for History Majors.