HST234: France 1814-1889: Nation Building and Social Transformation

20 credits (semester  1) (semester 2 2017-18)

Module Leader: Dr Timothy Baycroft



Pass in at least two of the Level One modules offered by the Department of History.


Module Summary

This module aims to introduce students to French History between the fall of Napoleon in 1814 and the celebration of the centenary of the Revolution in 1889. The emphasis in the course will be on the social and political construction of the French nation during this period, across a series of different regimes, failed and successful uprisings and revolutions, and the underlying ideological struggle(s) over the nature of the French state: should it be a republic or monarchy (or Empire)? Along the way, other questions to be explored include: the development of French attitudes towards democracy and the nation, rivalries between republican and right-wing nationalisms and between the Catholic and secular images of the French nation, the rise of socialism, the labour movement and mass protest, the changes in French society in terms of class relations and the stability/transformation of elites across the regimes, as well as the tensions between rural and urban areas, French militarism and colonialism and their place within the French nation, national economic developments and the ‘French style’ of coping with economic recessions, all leading finally to the ‘victory’ of the republic.


Teaching and Assessment

The module will comprise a combination of lectures and seminars. Further guidance is provided in the module course booklet, available through MOLE.

Information on assessment can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level2


Recommended Introductory Reading

  • Martin S. Alexander, ed., French History Since Napoleon. Arnold, 1999.
  • Timothy Baycroft, France: Inventing the Nation. Arnold, 2008.
  • Martin Evans and Emmanuel Godin, France 1815-2003 Modern History for Modern Languages. London: Arnold, 2004.
  • Roger Magraw, France 1800-1914: A Social History. Harlow: Longman, 2002.
  • J-M. Mayeur and M. Rebérioux, The Third Republic from its origins to the Great War 1871-1914. CUP, 1984.
  • Pierre Nora, Realms of Memory: The Construction of the French Past. 3 vols. Columbia University Press, 1996-1998.
  • Roger Price, People and Politics in France 1848-1870. Cambridge: CUP, 2004.
  • Charles Sowerwine, France Since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society. Palgrave, 2001.
  • R. P. Tombs, France 1815-1914. Longman, 1996.
  • Theodore Zeldin, Conflicts in French Society: anticlericalism, education and morals in the nineteenth century: essays. Allen & Unwin, 1970.

Intended Learning Outcomes
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