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Lecture DescriptionFrance's colonial properties were thought of in the latter half of the nineteenth century as consolation for the bitter loss of Alsace and Lorraine to Germany. As civilian administrators came to replace military personnel in the colonies, and as more and more French settlers arrived, empire and colonialism came to play an important function in France's cultural self-presentation. World War I heralded the eventual decline of the French empire, a decline realized at the hands of the colonized subjects themselves.
Course DescriptionThis course covers the emergence of modern France. Topics include the social, economic, and political transformation of France; the impact of France's revolutionary heritage, of industrialization, and of the dislocation wrought by two world wars; and the political response of the Left and the Right to changing French society.
- Introduction to France Since 1871
- The Paris Commune and Its Legacy
- Centralized State and Republic
- A Nation? Peasants, Language, and French Identity
- Workshop and Factory
- The Waning of Religious Authority
- Mass Politics and the Political Challenge from the Left
- Dynamite Club: The Anarchists
- General Boulanger and Captain Dreyfus
- Cafes and the Culture of Drink
- Paris and the Belle Epoque
- French Imperialism
- The Origins of World War I
- Trench Warfare
- The Home Front
- The Great War, Grief, and Memory
- The Popular Front
- The Dark Years: Vichy France
- Battles For and Against Americanization
- Vietnam and Algeria
- Charles De Gaulle
- May 1968
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