School of History

HST5358 – Paris from Napoleon to the Present

Module code: HST5358

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Professor Colin Jones

The QMUL Model module will explore the social, economic, political and cultural history of one of the most exciting and influential cities in the world. The first semester will focus on the period from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era to the city of Revolution, 1815-71; Haussmann and Paris as the iconic city of modernity; Paris and Impressionism; the Fin de siècle and the rush to war; Interwar Paris; Vichy and Resistance; De Gaulle and 'Thirty Glorious Years'; May 1968; and from Mitterrand and Chirac to Sarkozy and Hollande. A wide range of primary sources will be used, including maps, literary texts and fiction, art and architecture, photography and film. This module includes an optional three-day excursion to Paris, where students will explore major sites, including Montmartre, the Grands Boulevards, the Marais, and the Latin Quarter. In a visit to the University of London in Paris, they will have the opportunity to discuss possible essay topics and build up a network of professional contacts outside of the university.

Please note that students are expected to make a financial contribution towards the Paris trip.

Assessment: Presentation Paper [25%] and Essay (3,000 words) [75%]
Level: 5