Subject to Citizen, Kingdom to Nation: Changing Notions of Identity in the Age of the French Revolution

Candide, or Optimism by Voltaire.
Programs for Teachers
History Channel Seminar Series
Friday, March 1, 2013

9 am - 3 pm

Seminar Full, Wait list only

Ruggles Hall

Valentina Tikoff, DePaul University

The tumult of the French Revolution brought fundamental shifts in notions of authority and belonging. When a supposedly divinely ordained king could be deposed and executed, what became the new basis of governmental authority? Without their king, what now bound the French together? As “subjects” become “citizens,” what was their relationship to one another and the state? The seminar will take up such questions, which are fundamental to understanding not only the evolution of French society over the past two centuries but also concepts and practices of governmental authority, citizenship, and rights throughout the modern world.

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Registration opens Friday, September 21, 2012


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