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About this Course
About the Course
In this course, we explore one of the most important events in world history, the French Revolution. We begin by looking at politics and society in 18th-century France, exploring the Absolutism of the French monarchy and the Ancien Regime. After that, we look at the increasing tension between in France over state finances and the pre-Revolution in the years 1787-89. The course continues by looking at the three key phases of the French Revolution: the Constitutional Monarchy, which lasted from the Storming of the Bastille to the Execution of Louis XVI (1789 - 1792), the Jacobin Republic and Thermidorian Regime (1792 - 1794), and the Directory (1795 and beyond). The course ends by considering to what extent Napoleon undid the changes of the Revolution proper.
About the Lecturer
Tom Stammers is a cultural historian of France from the Revolution down to the end of the nineteenth century. His PhD thesis and forthcoming book explore questions of collecting, material culture and heritage in post-revolutionary Paris. He is currently finishing research related to early collectors of revolutionary prints, the afterlives of Rococo artefacts, clandestine worker theatres and the political controversies surrounding the antiques trade. Future research projects include a study of artisans and connoisseurs in the nineteenth-century museum, entitled the 'untutored eye'. Tom is interested in a wide range of historiographical and theoretical controversies related to eighteenth and nineteenth-century Europe.