Course Schedule

HIST 239 SCHEDULE OF COURSE READINGS (revised 2/12)
Class meetings Tues & Thurs 12 to 1:15 in Ryland 210

WEEK 1
1/16 Introduction: What is revolution? Interpreting the French Revolution
READ: Doyle, The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction, Chapter 1, pp. 1-18.

1/18 Old Regime Orders and Classes
Primary: Loyseau, A Treatise on Orders, 1610; Isabelle de Charrière, The Nobleman, 1763; des Essarts, The Noailles Affair, 1786 All on BlackBoard (BB)
Secondary: Noah Shusterman, The French Revolution: Politics, Faith, Desire, Chapter 1, pp. 6-21.

WEEK 2
1/23 Crisis of the Bourbon Monarchy (1776-1788)
Primary: Documents on The Parlement of Paris (1770 & 1776); Necker’s Preface to the King’s Accounts (1781);  on BlackBoard (BB)
Secondary: Doyle, Ch 2, pp. 19-36; Vovelle, “Economic Crisis”  and “Social Crisis” (on BB)

1/25 The Estates General and the People’s Grievances (1788-89)
Primary: Dwyer and McPhee’s Sourcebook (D&M), Ch 1 “Ancien Regime Challenged” pp. 1-15
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch 2, pp. 23-39

WEEK 3
1/30 20 June 1789, Birth of the National Assembly
Primary: “Tennis Court Oath; the August decrees; The Declaration of Rights of Man & Citizen in D&M, pp. 16-18 and 24-28
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch 2, pp. 40-49

2/1 Revolutionary Journées of the People
Primary: Storming the Bastille; the killing of Bertier and Foulon; Arthur Young; the Great Fear; Women’s march on Versailles in D&M, pp. 18-23 and 28-30
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch 2, pp. 49-54

WEEK 4
2/6 Who shall become citizens? Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion
Primary: Law on inheritance, 1790; Festival of the Federation, 14 July 1790; Le Chapelier Law; petition from Jewish communities, 28 Jan 1790; civil rights for free blacks, 15 May 1791; Olympe de Gouges on women’s rights, 1791 in D&M, pp. 30-42
Secondary: Lynn Hunt, “Introduction” to The French Revolution and Human Rights (on BB)

2/8  Class Cancelled

WEEK 5
2/13 Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1790)
Primary: “Church and the Revolutionary State” in D&M, pp. 43-50
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch 3, pp. 55-85

2/15 June 1791, The King takes Flight
Primary: “Monarchy and revolution” in D&M, pp. 51-59
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch 4, pp. 88-104

WEEK 6
2/20 Birth of the Convention and declaration of war (1792)
Primary: “The Revolution at war” in D&M, pp. 60-67.
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch 4, pp. 105-117

2/22 The Fall of the Monarchy (August to Dec 1792)
Primary: “The Brunswick Manifesto; The Decree Concerning the King; The Indictment of the King: in D&M, pp. 68-72.
Sources on Revolutionary Republican Women (on BB)
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch 5, pp. 119-141.

WEEK 7
2/27 The King on Trial (Jan 1793)
Primary: “Louis Capet’s Trial and Execution” in D&M, pp. 72-77.
Definitions of the sans-culottte, the moderate, and the aristocrat” 1793;
Marat, The People’s Friend; Hébert, Le Père Duchesne (on BB)
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch 6, pp. 142-161

3/1 The Rise of the Mountain (Summer 1793)
Primary: “A New Civic Culture” in D&M, pp. 84-89 and
“The Republic at War” in D&M, pp. 90-96
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch 6, pp. 161-172

WEEK 8
3/6 Counter-Revolution: The Vendée and the Federalists (Summer & Fall 1793)
Primary: “Revolt in the Vendée” in D&M, pp. 97-102.
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch. 7, pp. 175-202

3/8 MIDTERM EXAM

WEEK 9
3/13 & 3/15 SPRING BREAK — Read Anatole France, The Gods Will Have Blood

WEEK 10
3/20 Surviving the Terror
Secondary: The Gods Will Have Blood by Anatole France
Shusterman, Ch 8, pp. 204-232
Primary: “Terror at Work” in D&M, pp. 103-113

3/22 Finding Stability After the Terror (1794-99)
Primary: “The Thermidorian Reaction” in D&M, pp. 115-120, and
“The Directory” in D&M, pp. 243-249
Secondary: Shusterman, Ch 9, pp. 235-249

WEEK 11
A Closer Look at Money and Revolutionary Political Culture

3/27 Secondary: Rebecca Spang, Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution,
Read Chapters 2, pp. 57-96.

3/29 Secondary: Spang, Chapter 4, pp. 135-168
*Digital Timeline Second Entries (Revised and Resubmitted) Accepted by TODAY

WEEK 12
4/3 Secondary: Spang, Chapters 5 & 6, pp. 169-246

4/5 Napoleon’s military campaign and coup (1796-1799)
Primary: “Bonaparte” in D&M, pp. 128-136
Secondary: David Bell, Napoleon: A Concise Biography, Intro, Ch 1 & 2, pp. 1-42

WEEK 13
4/10 Napoleon and the Consulate (1802-1804)
Primary: “Crushing the rebels in the Vendée” & “Decree limiting the French press”
in D&M, pp. 140-142, and “Rule by Plebesite” in D&M, pp. 149-154
Secondary: Bell, Ch 3, pp. 43-63

4/12 Napoleonic Empire (1804-1812)
Primary: “Governing the Empire” in D&M pp. 155-168
Secondary: Bell, Ch 4, pp. 64-83
***Essay Due***

WEEK 14
4/17 The Citizen Army’s Rise and Fall (1806-1812)
Primary: “Resistance and Repression” and “The Russian Catastrophe”
in D&M, pp. 169-186
Secondary Documentary, “Napoleon”

4/19 The Empire’s Collapse and the Return of the Vanquished (1812-1815)
Primary: “Collapse” and “Hundred Days” in D&M, pp. 187-201
Secondary: Bell, Ch 5 & Epilogue, pp. 84-113

WEEK 15
4/24 French Revolutionary Legacies
Primary: “French Men and Women Reflect” in D&M, pp. 202-208
Secondary: Doyle, Chapters 4 & 5, pp. 65-97

4/26 Exam Review. Semester Reflection.

FINALS WEEK
4/30 (Monday) FINAL EXAM 2 to 5 pm