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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32800 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
HRH 3.102A

Course Description

The course will deal with French society from 1789 to the present day.  Readings will focus on collective and individual reflections of the most significant crises in French history during the period in question. The dominant theme is the emergence of modern France from the revolutionary attack -- at once political, legal, religious and military--on the ancien régime,the old, monarchically governed, tripartite society of clergy, aristocracy and the third estate (which included everyone who was neither royal, nor aristocratic nor a member of the clergy).  In other words, how were royal subjects transformed into citizens with various, clearly defined civil rights, and why has the history of modern France been so often so violent?  Fulfills basic education requirement in writing.

Grading Policy

Students may choose to do one long paper or two shorter papers. The long paper is worth 80% of the course grade; shorter papers are each worth 40% of the grade.  Those who elect to do one paper will do two written progress reports at appropriate moments during the semester. Whichever choice the students with regard to written work, he or she is expected to consult closely with me on the choice of a topic and on the development of the paper.  Any topic relating to French society, culture, or history during the period in question is a viable paper subject.  Class participation, which means oral discussion of the reading materials, is worth 20% of the grade.

Final Exam: NO


Honore de Balzac, A Murky Business Anthology of readings available at Speedway Printing, Dobie Mall


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