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DHIS 2440A - LABORATORY OF MODERN POLITICS : France since the Revolution, 1789 to our day

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Good level in English + reading ability in French can help (not mandatory) Interest in political/constitutional/intellectual issues and controversies

Course Description

Since the Revolution of 1789, France can be viewed as a permanent « laboratory » in the development of Modern Politics. France had passed through a large variety of political regimes: monarchies (of different types, conservative and liberal), two “bonapartist” empires, a dictatorship (the “Vichy's regime”) and no less than five Republics. Below the turbulent constitutional history, the political life has always been characterized by a broad spectrum of political tendencies and parties: monarchists, jacobines, liberals, bonapartists, republicans, radicals, socialists, anarchists and communists. Neo-liberals, ecologists and macronists in more recent times! The ‘Left' and the ‘Right' should both be considered as divided families with, at least, two or three different “lefts”/“rights”. The purpose of this course is to shed a clearer light into this complex political history. The course will put the stress on the main lines, not the details. It is conceived to give a fundamental knowledge of the French political history and therefore a better understanding of present issues (for France and also for its environment especially the European Union). The question of the French colonial Empire will not be addressed directly but will constitute an important background all through the sessions.


ROUSSELLIER, Nicolas (Maître de conférences)

Course validation

1- One individual presentation (exposé) : between 15 and 20 minutes (+ written version of 4 pages) 2- Participation in class: discussions on documents 3- Final written exam (in class) Each: one third of the final grade

Required reading

Jeremy D. Popkin, A history of Modern France, NJ, Pearson Prentice Hall, Edition: 4th

Additional required reading

  • Non mandatory
  • Maurice Agulhon, The French Republic, 1879-1992
  • Pierre Nora (ed.), Realms of memory: rethinking the French past, three volumes, NY, Columbia University Press, 1996-1998
  • Edward Berenson, Vincent Duclert, Christophe Prochasson, The French Republic: history, values, debates, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2011