Undergraduate Course: The French Revolution (HIST10338)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The French Revolution (1789-1799) remains one of the most hotly contested and intellectually dynamic areas of historical inquiry. Insights derived from the study of the political, cultural and social history of France's revolutionary decade continue to drive historical research into other periods and places. This course offers students an opportunity to study some of the main features of one of the most significant events in world history. While its principal aim is to explore the nature and the political significance of the Revolution the course also provides opportunities to examine the social, cultural and intellectual causes and consequences of the revolutionary decade. Students will be encouraged to engage with the principal interpretative trends and theoretical debates within the substantial historiography of the French Revolution and will analyse primary sources in English translation.
1. Introduction: Ancien Régime France
2. The Big Picture: Class War or Culture Clash?
3. France Remade, 1789-1792
4. Clubs, Festivals and the Press: Making a New Political Culture
5. Religion and Revolution
6. The Failure of Monarchy
7. Civil War and Counter-Revolution
8. The Men, Machinery and Politics of Terror
9. The Terror as a Social and Cultural Programme
10. Thermidor and the Directory, 1794-1799
11. The Revolution and the World
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
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| After successful completion of this course students will:
¿ Be able, through seminar contributions and presentations, essays and exams, to demonstrate the ability to engage critically with a wide variety of primary and secondary source material and use this to develop and articulate a nuanced understanding of society, politics and culture during the French Revolution.
¿ Be able to navigate the vast and complex historiography of the Revolution to make cogent arguments in essays, exams and presentations and to evaluate different approaches to the study of the past.
¿ Be able to demonstrate the following transferable skills: independent gathering of relevant evidence and engagement with both primary and secondary sources; critical consideration of evidence in order to arrive at sound conclusions; evaluating the work of others, including peers; presenting evaluations and conclusions clearly in both written and oral form; independent management of personal timetable, workload and other priorities in order to meet established deadlines.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||The French Revolution
|Course organiser||Dr Gordon Pentland
Tel: (0131 6)50 8354
|Course secretary||Mrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781