Modern European political history has been indebted to what historians have commonly interpreted as the “revolutionary tradition” that originated during the years of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. This course proposes a critical examination of the legacy left by the Revolution and its impact on politics and society in the nineteenth century.
Starting with the uprisings of the late eighteenth century, lectures and discussions will examine the divergence of the revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity and their impact on shaping leading political movements in the modern period.
Throughout the year, topics will examine revolutionary movements in a comparative context and consider how revolutionary projects and ideologies were transformed in the midst of the social, political and cultural changes that took place between the French Revolution and First World War. Classes will also focus on new perspectives that assess European revolutions in transnational and global contexts, noting the ways in which Enlightenment and emancipatory values created tensions within colonial and non-Western societies as leaders and revolutionary actors attempted to apply and adapt the principles of Europe’s revolutionary tradition to the particularities of their own societies.
Lecture 2 – The American Revolution
Lecture 3 – The Coming of the French Revolution
Lecture 4 – The Radicalism of the French Revolution
Lecture 5 – Saint Domingue
Lecture 6 – Citizens and Citoyennes
Lecture 7 – Taming the Furies of Revolution
Lecture 8 – Radicalism and Reaction
Bonus Lecture – Nations and Nationalism in The Long Nineteenth Century
Lecture 9 – The Liberal International
Lecture 10 – The Ascent of the Liberals
Lecture 12 – Marx and Marxism
Lecture 13 – The Revolutions of 1848
Lecture 14 – Redefining Radicalism after 1848
Lecture 15 – The Paris Commune and The Roots of The Anarchist Tradition
Lecture 16 – Anarchism in the Fin de Siècle
Lecture 17 – The Failure of Constitutional Revolution
Lecture 18 – The Coming of the Russian Revolution
Lecture 19 – Forging the New Regime