HIST 028. Aux Armes! History and Historiography of the French Revolution

Liberté! Egalité! Wax dummies! History 28 dives into the rich history of the French Revolution. Our task is twofold. First, we will ask: What actually happened? Quite a bit, it turns out, particularly as we examine the different sites of the Revolution and its afterlives. Assignments will include primary source readings and analyses of the visual record, such as political cartoons and household objects. Second, we will ask: How should we interpret what happened? This will lead us to explore a wide range of interpretive schools (Marxist, revisionist, and more) and ways of practicing history (social, cultural, diplomatic, economic, etc.). This approach to the history and historiography of the French Revolution will prepare students for larger discussions of nationalism and identity, rights regimes based on gender or race, and inequalities stemming from material or legal conditions.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Fall 2017. Brown.
Catalog chapter: History  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/history

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