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In 1789 huge numbers of French peasants, urban workers and middle-class people successfully rebelled against absolute monarchy and the privileges of the nobility. But the struggle over what social and political system should replace the 'Old Regime' was to divide French people and finally the whole of Europe. This subject examines the history of the French Revolution from its origins to 1795. It then examines its significance. Was this really a revolutionary age? What were its consequences for ethnic minorities, women, and slaves in French colonies?
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- be able to understand the origins, nature and significance of the French Revolution;
- make critical comparative judgements about the nature of the French Revolution;
- be able to understand the international significance of the French Revolution;
- make informed judgements about the reasons for the increasing violence of the Revolution.
Last updated: 5 June 2022