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Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Romanian, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Week 1 - France in the 1780s

7 videos (Total 106 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
1.1 An Introduction to the French Revolution14m
1.2 The Essentials of Eighteenth-Century France14m
1.3 The First & Second Estates: Clergy and Nobility24m
1.4 Paris and the Provinces9m
1.5 The 'Enlightenment': 'from above'18m
1.6 The 'Enlightenment': 'from below'21m
4 readings
Course Overview10m
Your teaching team10m
Start of course survey10m
France in the 1780s1h 40m
1 practice exercise
Week one quiz - 12% of final grade10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Week 2 - The Revolution of 1789

6 videos (Total 68 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
2.2 A fiscal crisis and its repercussions12m
2.3 The Third Estate in revolt: bourgeoisie and menu people13m
2.4 The Third Estate in revolt: the peasantry11m
2.5 The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the August Decrees11m
2.6 The October Days - the end of the Revolution?9m
1 reading
The Revolution of 17891h 50m
1 practice exercise
Week two quiz - 12% of final grade10m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Week 3 - The Reconstruction of France, 1789-92

6 videos (Total 63 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
3.2 The Revolution divides8m
3.3 Turning-point 1: Church reform10m
3.4 Turning-point 2: the King's flight June 179112m
3.5 Turning-point 3: The outbreak of war April 17929m
3.6 A second revolution: 10 August 17929m
1 reading
Reform, conflict, and a second Revolution, 1789-17921h 50m
1 practice exercise
Week three quiz - 12% of final grade10m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Week 4 - The Republic in crisis 1792-93

10 videos (Total 130 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
4.2 September 1792: republican unity and disunity in the National Convention11m
4.3 Revolution and counter-revolution: the balance of forces10m
4.4 The crisis of 179311m
4.5 Emergency measures: the implementation of 'terror'17m
4.6 How to end 'terror', December 17937m
Interview with Dr Marisa Linton 11m
Interview with Professor Timothy Tackett16m
Interview with Professor Ian Germani 17m
Interview with Charles Walton15m
1 reading
The crisis of 1792-1793: war and terror1h 40m
1 practice exercise
Week four quiz - 12% of final grade10m
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By AKAug 11th 2017

Well-structured course that explores the topic with depth and clarity, taught by a brilliant and engaging professor. Would recommend to anyone interested in the French and world history

By JKMar 14th 2019

An amazingly organized series of lectures that had helped me to understand the French Revolution and inspire me to explore more information on this period of world history.

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Peter McPhee

Honorary, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is an internationally recognised research intensive University with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. Established in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest University....

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