Course Description for The French Revolution and Napoleon
The French Revolution and Napoleon
Description: This course will focus on the history of the French Revolution and its legacy worldwide. It will revolve around three questions fundamental to scholarship on the topic: (1) What were the origins of the French Revolution? (2) Why did the Revolution turn radical (or Why the Terror)? and (3) Should Napoleon Bonaparte be considered a part of the Revolution or the author of the Revolutionâ€™s demise? By following these questions, we will come to an understanding of the Revolutionâ€™s main actors, events, and institutions as well as the most important trends in scholarship on the subject.