European Modernity II


Teaching Staff: Nikolaidis Theodosios
Course Code: YE-9604
Gram-Web Code: ΝΕΠ02
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: English / Greek
Semester: Any Spring
ECTS: 2
Total Hours: 2
Erasmus: Not Available
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Short Description:

The Civilization of French speaking countries (former French Civilization II)

In French

 

The course focuses on the political history of French kingdom. The main reason for this is that “Francc” was in large part created by the central political power. The problems of the period studied in this course are different from those studied in the previous one: the royal power is still being reinforced; in the new framework of international relations created after 1648, the most populous kingdom of Europe –which, however, was left behind in the colonization course, is struggling with Spain and, later on, became the main continental power. This was achieved through wars. But wars mean taxes. But taxes are not collected equally; inequality reigns both among persons and among the different regions. In the XVIIIth, the Enlightement philosophy rendered those inequalities unbearable. Thus the financial crisis which followed the American Independance War led to a political crisis which resulted in the 1789 Revolution.

These developements of the French political history along with the Wars of Religion (second half of the XVIth) the aristocratic rebellions, the role of the Parlement of Paris and the efforts by the monarch itself to reform the kingdom are the main subjects studied during the semester.

Here too the aim is to help the students to create a mental map into which other information about France may find enter and become intelligible.

 

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

 

Week

Title

1

Charles I wants to conquer Italy while others are conquering the world.

2

The beginning of the enmity between the Valois and the Habsburgs

3

Wars of Religion

4

The Edict of Nantes: the reign of Henry IV and the resuming of the hostilities with Spain

5

From Richelieu to Louis XIV personal governement I

6

From Richelieu to Louis XIV personal governement II

7

The wars of Louis XIV: the primacy of France on the Contintent.

8

Versailles: a model proposed to Europe

9

The Orleans Regency: efforts of reform

10

From the Spanish Succession War to the 7 Years War: the changes on the European political map

11

The perennial problem of the public finance.

12

The financial crisis becomes political

13

Towards 1789: the tract of Sieyès “Qu'est ce que le Tiers État?”

 

 

Suggested Bibliography:

 

Lucien Bély, La France moderne 1498-1789, Paris 2013

Lucien Bély, Dictionnaire de l'Ancien Régime, Paris 2010

 

 


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