Fall 2010

France in the Twentieth Century

Listed in: History, as HIST-21


Kathryn Edwards (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 21 [EU] and EUST 19.)  This course will examine the major events and themes of twentieth-century French history, engaging with critical issues of war and society, empire, gender, citizenship, immigration, and the politics of memory. Topics will include the impact of the First World War on the French state and society; the political radicalization of the interwar period; the emergence of anxieties surrounding gender roles; the fall of France in 1940 and subsequent German occupation, with a particular focus on the politics of collaboration and resistance; the impact of colonialism and decolonization; the strikes and protest movements of 1968; and debates over immigration and multiculturalism in the 1980s and 1990s, including the rise in popularity of the extreme right-wing National Front and the activism of second-generation French citizens of North African descent.  Two class meetings per week.

Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Edwards.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2010