Course overview

Explore one of the most tumultuous political decades in French history through the radical changes to society and culture. As the political changes swept away the ancient regime we will look at those who stepped in to that vacuum, such as Robespierre and Barras. We will look at the attempts to create a new world that drew thinkers from outside of France, like Mary Wollstonecraft. We will see how the Revolution was visualised and exported, adopted and adapted abroad.

Course description

This course will follow the chronology of the French Revolution: the meeting of the Estates General in 1789; the fall of the monarchy and the proclamation of the first Republic in 1792; the infamous ‘reign of terror. When the Directory government was created in 1795, it paved the way for the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. However, we will also consider the wider cultural and political impacts not just in France or her immediate European neighbours, but in a global context. We will consider the way that elements of what were popularly viewed as ‘dangerous’ revolutionary ideals were adopted and adapted on a wider stage.

This course will look at culture – visual and material – at the heart of the Revolution in Paris and consider how what these meant and how they were exported.

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