French And Italian | Introduction historique à la civilisation française II
F362 | 2349 | Prof. Rebecca Wilkin


Introduction historique à la civilisation française II. From the
regency of Marie de Médicis (1610) to the end of the Second Empire
(1870), this course will familiarize students with key institutions,
actors, and events in the political and cultural history of France. We
will study political models (absolute monarchy, republic, empire) in
their relation to other institutions (especially the church) as well
as the people who shaped them (Richelieu, Louis XIV, Robespierre,
Napoléon I, Louis-Philippe, Lamartine, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte…),
comparing power struggles (the Fronde, the French Revolution, the
Revolution of 1648), economic development (agriculture, industry,
colonialism, trade), and the conditions of different types of people
(courtiers, peasants, city-dwellers, men, women, children). The format
of the class will be part lecture, part discussion. Class will be
conducted entirely in French. Grades will be determined based on
students’ daily preparation and participation, quizzes, a 5-page
paper, and a final exam.