HIST 393 Sister Revolutions in France and America

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as LEAD212
In the late-eighteenth century, two revolutions burst forth-they were the most striking and consequential events in modern history, decisive turning-points that transformed society and politics. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the overarching ideas and visions of the sister revolutions. Through correspondence, political essays and speeches, we will seek to understand the fundamental theories, goals and accomplishments of both revolutions. Who were their leaders and according to what principles did they govern? Did revolutionaries in France find a model in America for their Revolution? What is the meaning of the "Terror" in France and what light does it shed on modern revolutionary movements? Why was the American Revolution followed by decades of stability while the French Revolution bequeathed a turbulent succession of failed governments? Have America and France continued to conceive of themselves as revolutionary nations? We will read works by Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Adams, Rousseau, Robespierre, Saint-Just, Tocqueville, Burke and others.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two papers, two class presentations, and active participation in class discussions
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: students with backgrounds in American history, French history or political science
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,HIST Group G Electives - Global History,LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership
Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3561
HIST 393 SEM Sister Revolutions France&Amer Division 2: Social Studies Susan Dunn
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