History 714 aims to acquaint graduate students, through reading of standard works and recent scholarship, with the chief interpretive problems of modern French history in the nineteenth century.
Evaluation will be based upon class participation and on the one page book reviews to be handed in each week. Each review should contain a concise (e.g. one paragraph) statement of the author's viewpoint, thesis and conclusion. This should be followed by an appropriate critique of the thesis. These papers will serve two purposes:
To share written information on the book each student has read with other members of the class; and
To develop the skill of digesting, summarizing, and assessing works of scholarship.
The most satisfactory and comprehensive textbook about modern France is Gordon Wright, France in Modern Times (Third edition, 1981).
To be listed and by appointment: 292?447
SCHEDULE OF TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
1. INTRODUCTORY MEETING
2. THE LEGACIES OF THE GREAT REVOLUTION AND THE NAPOLEONIC REGIME
Crane Brinton, A Decade of Revolution
Alfred Cobban, The Social Interpretation of the French Revolution
Paul Farmer, France Reviews its Revolutionary Origins
Fran?is Furet, Interpreting the French Revolution
Norman Hampson, A Social History of the French Revolution
Jeffrey Kaplow, ed., New Perspectives on the French Revolution
Georges Lefebvre, The French Revolution also in French)
Robert R. Palmer, The Age of Democratic Revolution, vol. I