History 489 (Hi 89) Special Topics:
French Revolution and Napoleon

Description of the Course: The events that took place in France from 1789-1799 transformed not only France but also led to revolutionary changes throughout Europe. In addition, the French Revolution was a political upheaval that presented an intellectual challenge to Western Civilization. This reading seminar will introduce you to the conflicting interpretations of the Revolution and help you evaluate the significance of this historical period.We will discuss the origins of the Revolution, the Reign of Terror, women and the Revolution, and the impact of the Revolution on culture and society. We will end the seminar considering the question: Did Napoleon preserve or destroy the Revolution?

Topics Covered Include: the origins of the French Revolution, the Reign of Terror, the role of women in the revolution, and the impact of the revolution on European culture and society, and whether Napoleon preserved or destroyed the French Revolution

Class Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 AM-11:15 AM

This course is taught by: Professor Silvia Shannon

Saint Anselm College, a Benedictine, Catholic, Liberal Arts College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102

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