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Spring 2011-2012
* HIS 351 (HA)  

France, 1815 to the Present

Philip G. Nord

The history of France in the 19th and 20th centuries appears a rapid and perplexing turnover of regimes and administrations. This course has two interrelated aims: (1) to account for France's peculiar political instability in terms of social struggles which were played out in one form or another in all European states, and thereby, (2) to set France's unique pattern of development in its European context. Topics will include: the Restoration and the legacy of the French Revolution; 1848 and Bonapartism; popular revolt in the fin de siecle and the triumph of the Third Republic, etc.

Sample reading list:
Balzac, Pere Goriot
Tocqueville, Recollections
Maupassant, Bel-Ami
Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
Vercors, The Silence of the Sea
Herge, Tintin in America

Reading/Writing assignments:
200-250 pages per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 30%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41079 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   64   Enrolled:13 Limit:30
P01 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:0 Limit:15