History of France Through Parisian Footprints

Présentation de cours du programme universitaire


  • Professeure : Charlotte Faucher
  • Session : juillet (cours électif)
  • Langue d'enseignement : anglais
  • Nombre d'heures de cours : 24

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Objective of the Course

This course aims to introduce students to the main themes of modern French history, including the significance of the French Revolution, the Paris Commune, political thought, colonialism, migration, the arts, and the World Wars. The sessions will consist of short lectures, seminar discussions, and museum visits. Occasional promenades in specific Parisian neighbourhoods will allow students to reflect on the significance of the history of Paris for that of the whole nation and to question well-worn literary and cinematographic stereotypes of Paris. 

Please note that this is an introductory course to French history: if you have already studied French history at university level, this course might not be suitable for you. 


This course will offer students an overview of French history since the French Revolution in 1789 up to the present day. The course relies on methodologies of political, social, and cultural history. Students will be encouraged to share their views on the development of French history in the modern period. This will be done in seminars, through short core readings, but also by field visits and research on the city’s streets and museums.

Organization of the Course

1st July: 3 hours

  • Seminar: Introduction to European and French history.
  • Visit: Walking tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter

3 July: 2 hours 

  • Visit: Revolutionary Paris and monarchist Paris: The Tuileries gardens, Palais Royal gardens, Île de la Cité (Notre Dame de Paris). 

6 July: 3 hours

  • Seminar: The French Revolution and Napoleon 

8 July: 3 hours

  • Promenade in northern Paris: reflections on Belle Epoque art and architectural changes in the Montmartre area.
  • Visit of the Montmartre Museum, le Sacré Cœur, promenade in Montmartre down to the Moulin Rouge.

10 July: 2 hours

  • Seminar on the Commune of Paris, Haussmanisation and the Belle Epoque 

13 July: 3 hours

  • Visit: Paris, capital of immigration: visit of the Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration and the Jardin d'agronomie tropicale. At the end of the session we will hop in the meto to visit Père Lachaise Cemetary.

15 July: 3 hours

  • Visit of the Memorial of the Shoah  (or Museum of Judaism).
  • Walk in the Marais district.

17 July: 2 hours

  • Seminar: The First World War and the interwar period

20 July: 3 hours

  • Seminar: The Second World War: Paris under the German occupation and the French Resistance. Coursework tips.
Main Professor Biography

Dr. Charlotte Faucher is a historian of Modern France with particular interests in cultural diplomacy and the French external resistance during the Second World War. After earning her PhD in Modern French history at Queen Mary, University of London, she went on to lecture at the University of Warwick and Manchester where she is currently a British Academy post-doctoral fellow.

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