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Fall 2017-2018
* HIS 364 / FRE 374 / ECS 364 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

France and its Empire from the Renaissance to Napoleon, 1500-1815

David A. Bell

A survey of France and its colonial empire during centuries in which this country dominated the Western world. Major topics include the sixteenth-century Wars of Religion, the absolute monarchy, colonization and slavery in North America and the Caribbean, the Enlightenment, eighteenth-century social and cultural change, the French Revolution and the Terror, the Haitian Revolution, and the Napoleonic Empire.

Sample reading list:
Alexis de Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution
Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre
Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Conract
Jeremy Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution
Denis Diderot, Supplement to the Voyage of the Bougainville

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages of reading per week; a 6-8 page paper; a mid-term in-class exam; and a final exam

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
If there is enough interest, one precept will be conducted in French. Please email Prof. Bell ( if you are interested in that precept.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20823 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building   198   Enrolled:14 Limit:25
22244 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled