Module Identifier HY31920  
Module Title REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE 1770-1871  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Roger D Price  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Mutually Exclusive HY37430  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours 2 x 2 hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment 2 x 2,500 word essays30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to
(a) Demonstrate familiarity with a broadly-based body of historical knowledge in the field of late 18th and 19th-century French history.
(b) Engage in source criticism, discussion and understanding of relevant primary and secondary literature.
(c) Describe and evaluate a range of historical techniques relevant to the study period.
(d) Evaluate the relationships between history and other disciplines, most notably political sociology.
(e) Develop oral skills (not assessed) through seminar discussion and written skills through essay preparation and writing.
(f) Engage in collaborative inter-action as a result of group work (not assessed).

Brief description

The French revolution of 1789 was followed by a century of upheaval. The Revolution itself transformed political ideology and discourse, and not only in France. On the one hand, aspirations for greater political and social equality were encouraged; on the other, nightmare visions of social upheaval were conjured up. Political agendas were established, both revolutionary and counter-revolutionary, which set the scene for ongoing conflict. If the years from 1789 to 1871 saw major changes in the character of French society brought about by Revolution and war, there were in addition substantial changes in the structure of the economy and society and in the nature of social relationships. The purpose of this module is to examine the social and political impact of this dual revolution, to consider its effects on individual life strategies, on the behaviour of social groups, and on the activities of institutional bodies, including both State and Church.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
P McPhee (2002) The French Revolution
M Crook (ed) (2002) Revolutionary France
W Doyle (1999) The Origins of the French Revolution
P Jones (1995) Reform and Revolution in France, 1774-91
T Blanning (1998) The French Revolution: class war or culture clash?
C Lucas (ed) (1988-1994) The French Revolution and the Creation of Modern Political Culture
I Woloch (1994) The New Regime: transformations of the French civic order 1789-1820s
I Woloch (2001) Napoleon and his Collaborators. The making of a dictatorship
J Roberts (1990) The Counter-Revolution in France, 1787-1830
P Pilbeam (1999) The Constitutional Monarchy in France, 1814-48
D Pinkney (1972) The French Revolution of 1830
R Price (1972) The French Second Republic: a social history
R Gould (1995) Insurgent Identities: class, community and protest in Paris from 1848 to the Commune
P McPhee (1992) The Politics of Rural Life: political mobilization in the French countryside 1846-52
R Price (2001) The French Second Empire: an anatomy of political power
R Tombs (1999) The Paris Commune 1871


This module is at CQFW Level 6