“From the Bastille to the Commune: France’s Long Nineteenth Century”
Thursday, November 11, 6:30 p.m.
Michael Bess, Ph.D., Chancellor’s Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, will explore the succession of revolutions that marked France’s history: 1789, 1830, 1848, and 1871; the gradual spread of industrialization and capitalist enterprise, along with the concomitant rise of bourgeois society; the Weber thesis about the slow consolidation of national identity; neoclassicism and romanticism in culture and the arts; international politics and war; and finally, the trauma of the 1871 Paris Commune.
Learn more about the remaining lectures in this series:
Thursday, November 18, 6:30 p.m.
“Painters of ‘La Vie Moderne’ ”
Thursday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.
“Cézanne, Zola, and the Outcast Impressionists”