Spring 2019 - HIST 319 D100

Modern France (4)

Class Number: 3937

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Mon, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Wed, 10:30–11:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 10, 2019
    Wed, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Roxanne Panchasi
    1 778 782-6809
    Office: AQ 6017
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



An examination of the history of modern France from 1789 to the present with a focus on the social, political, and cultural divisions within the French nation resulting from the Revolutionary era, industrialization, the expansion and eventual decolonization of France's colonial empire, and the World Wars and their consequences.


Over the past two hundred years, France has undergone massive transformations in the form of revolutions, industrial and technological changes, wars within and beyond Europe, as well as a range of social and cultural metamorphoses. This semester, we will study these crucial shifts, focusing on how the identity of France as a nation has been defined, contested, and re-imagined in a variety of ways since the late-eighteenth century. We will explore different social, political, and cultural tensions within the nation, including complex divisions of class, race and ethnicity, gender, rural vs. urban populations, generations, etc. We will also look carefully at the challenges to definitions of national identity that have come from outside France’s borders, from foreign wars to colonial contexts and immigration.


  • Course Participation 20%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Critical Analyses (3 x 10%) 30%
  • Research Essay and Annotated Bibliography (10 pages) 40%
  • *Some assignments and readings may change before the semester begins.



Tyler Stovall, Transnational France: The Modern History of a Universal Nation (2015)

Emile Zola, The Belly of Paris (1873, trans. Mark Kurlansky)

Emilie Carles, A Life of Her Own (1977)

Virginie Despentes, Vernon Subutex, vol. 1

*A number of additional shorter selections will be required.

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