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 Revolution’s demise? By following these questions, we will come to an understanding of the Revolution’s main actors, events, and institutions as well as the most important trends in scholarship on the subject.