The French Revolution is recognised as a founding event of modern history. As they transformed France, revolutionaries reinvented political liberty, civic equality, democratic suffrage and human rights but also imposed new kinds of gender discrimination, political terror, ideological war and dictatorship. Lectures, readings and discussions examine the eighteenth-century origins of the Revolution, the collapse of the monarchy, the experiment of cultural change and mass democracy and the Revolution’s many legacies for France and the world.

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