1. Handbook
  2. Subjects
  3. Global France, 1600 - 1789

Global France, 1600 - 1789 (HIST20079)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

You’re viewing the 2019 Handbook:
Or view archived Handbooks


Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeHIST20079
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines the social, cultural, economic and political history of France, from roughly 1600 to 1789. This chronological period is most often conceptualized as the ancien régime, when refracted through the lens of the French Revolution. But when viewed on its own terms, it is also the historical moment in which France rose to ascendancy in Modern Europe through military domination, an innovative and deeply-centralized administration, soaring economic output, and a universally-admired culture. The core argument will be that French history was an integral part of world history. It will focus on the interrelationships of domestic and international political, social, cultural, and economic movements. Through the examination of primary and secondary sources from the period, students will develop skills in critical thinking and the evaluation of historical arguments. Assessment is designed to further students understanding not just of French history in this period but also transferable skills in respect to writing, reading and critical analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

Students that successfully complete this subject should:

  • Develop knowledge of French history between 1600-1789
  • Locate France within wider global patterns of socio-economic and cultural development
  • Locate and analyse primary and secondary sources to construct and evaluate historical arguments
  • Develop skills of critical thinking and clear communication through the preparation of work for assessment

Last updated: 3 August 2019