HIST 3365-001
Fall 2022; MWF 9:00 AM – 9:50AM
University Hall 08

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Instructor Information

Instructor: John Garrigus; website: https://johngarrigus.com
Office: University Hall 343
Student “Drop-In” Hours: Mon. and Wed., 10am to 11; I’ll also be available on Teams in those hours
History Department Office Telephone: 817-272-2661
Email: garrigus@uta.edu
Faculty Profile: https://mentis.uta.edu/explore/profile/john-garrigus

Course Information

Section Information: HIST 3365-001

Time and Place of Class Meetings:  9am to 9:50 am Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in University Hall 08

Required Book: Jeremy Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution (Routledge, 2019) 7th edition.

If you cannot afford this edition, please buy a used copy of an earlier edition, which will be more affordable.

Other required reading materials will be available on Canvas.

Technology Requirements:

We will use Canvas throughout the semester to submit papers, administer quizzes, and share course materials.

Description of Course Content:

Focusing on France in the years from 1600 to 1815, this course charts the emergence of a centralized state and eventually the idea of a French “nation”. We’ll study the so-called French Enlightenment and discuss its complex legacy. We’ll place France in a wider Atlantic context, recognizing that the French Revolution was part of an Age of Revolutions that included the American and especially Haitian Revolutions.  As part of our work, you will learn how to interpret primary and secondary sources, skills that are the foundation of historical knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify major cities and regions of France on a map. To be assessed on a map quiz.
  • Students will be able to describe and analyze primary sources. To be assessed in three assigned papers.
  • Students will be able to describe secondary sources. To be assessed in three assigned papers.
  • Students will be able to describe historical thinking skills and apply them to French history. To be assessed in three assigned papers.


You can expect me to:

  • answer your email within 24 hours if you send it through Canvas. At some points in the term, my inbox gets quite full, but I do want to hear from you. If you email me and don’t hear back from me within 24 hours, please send a follow up email. I will appreciate the gentle reminder.
  • be glad to see you in my student drop-by hours or any other mutually convenient time we can get together on campus. We can discuss the reading, the assignments; I’d like to hear about your, your plans for the future and your activities outside of class
  • let you take each quiz twice, counting the highest score.
  • give you extensions of a few days for our papers IF you are keeping up with the quizzes and discussion. You do have to ask, however.
  • give you detailed feedback on each paper. On the next paper, I’ll grade you on whether you used my feedback to improve your work. This course is designed to help you grow your abilities.
  • take plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty quite seriously. Please read the academic dishonesty section and ask me — throughout the semester — if you have questions.

I expect you to:

  • understand that performing poorly on an assignment is a sign that you need to change your strategies or get help. Challenges are a standard part of learning, which is why you should use UTA services (tutoring, counseling, the Writing Center) as much as you can.
  • contact me using Canvas or email when you have questions or problems concerning the class.
  • participate in class discussions, which are an essential part of this course.
  • finish the reading on time so you can be fully involved in our class meetings.
  • use the UTA Writing Center for your assignments. They have on-line appointments! Learning how to use UTA’s resources is an essential (and normal) part of the learning process.
  • understand what plagiarism is and ask me if you have questions any time during the semester.

Grading and Assignment Information

Assignment Points Description
Map quiz (in class, Monday August 29) 50 On a map with the outline of France, you’ll identify 10 regions, cities, or rivers from a list I provide.  There’s a practice map at the end of the Word doc version of this syllabus
10 weekly journal questions 100 For 14 weeks this semester, I’ll post a question about a primary source assigned for that week.  You’ll answer 10 of them over the semester. This should be an easy A! I’ll award 10 points for an answer that shows that you did the reading, and 5 points for one that does not show this.
16 weekly reading quizzes 100 Every week on Canvas, I’ll post a short (6 or 7 questions) multiple-choice quiz over that week’s secondary reading; you can take each quiz 2 times and only the highest score counts.
Discussion/participation 120 I take notes on your presence and involvement in our class discussions. Fridays are especially important for this.
2 Writing Center visits 30 About a week before each of our papers, you’ll make an on-line appointment with UTA Writing Center to go over a draft of your work. When the Center sends me a message about your appointment, I’ll give you the points. Make an appointment at https://uta.mywconline.com  Be sure to give them a copy of your assignment.
2 papers; (Due on Monday, Sept 26 at 7pm and Monday, October 31, at 7pm) 300 You’ll write a 5-page paper based on primary and secondary sources for our unit on early modern France and, following the same framework, about the causes of the Revolution. You’ll submit the paper on Canvas.
Final paper (Due on December 10) 300 At the end of the semester, you’ll write about what the French Revolution accomplished and merge those ideas with revised versions of your two earlier papers for the final paper.
TOTAL 1000 At the end of the semester, students who have accumulated 900 or more points will receive a “A”; 800 to 899 is a “B”; 700 to 799 is a “C”; etc.


Course Schedule

Early Modern France, 1500-1715

[overarching question: What forces created monarchical France out of disparate regions and social groups?]

Week 1 Defining France

Reading:  NYT article (April 2022); Bell, “Lingua populi” (1995) pp1403- 1413 and Moheau, “Research .. on the French Population” (1778) and Lefevre, “Journal of a country priest,” (1709)

August 22 What is/was France? Society and politics in the early modern era
August 24 Church and the Renaissance
August 26 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 2 Social and Political structures

Reading:  Beik, “Ecclesiastical Power and religious faith” (2009); Mornay, “A Defense of Liberty against Tyrants,” (1579)

August 29 The Protestant Reformation, War, and Politics; MAP QUIZ
              August 31 Louis XIII and Richelieu
September 2 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 3 The Rise of Louis XIV

Reading:  Peter Burke, “Introducing Louis XIV” (1992); Colbert, “Instructions,”(1663) and “Grands Jours d’Auvergne” (1996)

September 5 NO CLASS because of Labor Day; 3 10-minute on-line lectures on the young Louis XIV
September 7 Absolutism: The Sun King at his peak
September 9 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 4 War and Colonies

Reading:  Dull, “Ships of the Line” and “Louis XIV and his Wars” (2009); Richard Herr, “Honor versus absolutism: Richelieu’s fight against dueling,” (1955); Louvois, “Letters,” (1683-84)

September 12 Warfare on land: the “military revolution” of the 1600s
September 14 Warfare at sea:  French Canada and the Antilles
September 16 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 5 The End of the Sun King

Reading: Burke, “The reverse of the medal,” (1992);  Fénelon, “The Condition of the French Army,” (1710) and “Questions for the Royal Conscience”

September 19 Famine and War
September 21 The Emergence of Opposition
September 23 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings and the paper

The Slow Collapse of the Monarchy, 1715-1789

[overarching question: what caused the French Revolution?]

Week 6 The Origins of Enlightenment
Reading: Julian Swan, “Politics: Louis XV,” pp 195-204; Dorinda Outram, “What is Enlightenment?”(2005); Immanuel Kant, “What is Enlightenment?” (1784)

September 26 Politics under a new King (1st Paper DUE on Monday, Sept 26; 7pm)
              September 28 Science and Religion
September 30 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 7 Consumption and the “French Atlantic”

Reading: Kwass, “Big Hair: A Wig History of Consumption in Eighteenth‐Century France,” (2006)AHR pp631-60; Burnard and Garrigus, Plantation Machine (2016) p32-38; 42-48; Girod Chantrans, “Plantation Slaves,” (1785)

October 3 The Rise of Consumer Culture
October 5 France’s Atlantic Slave Empire
October 7 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 8 City Life, Reform

Reading: Garrioch, Making of Revolutionary Paris (2004) Chapter 2 (p45-63,) and part of Chapter 5 (p115-27); Voltaire, selections from Treatise on Toleration (1764)

October 10 Life in the Cities
October 12 Crime and Punishment
October 14 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 9 Sociability and Sexuality

Reading: Robert Darnton, “Introduction,” and “Philosophy Under the Cloak” (1996); Montesquieu, The Persian Letters, Letters 10-14; 24-26; 46-48; 55-56; 83-95; 105-106; 116-117; 125-128; 142-145.

October 17 Enlightenment Society
October 19 Gender, Race, and the Enlightenment
October 21 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 10 War and Taxes

Reading: Popkin, Short History, 1-23 [Ch1] ; “A Royal Tongue Lashing,” (1766) and “Remonstrance” (1775)

October 24 The Age of Atlantic Warfare
October 26 The Collapse of the Monarchy
October 28 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings and the 2nd paper

The Revolution, 1789-1815

[overarching question: what did the French Revolution accomplish?]

Week 11  The Estates General

Reading: Popkin, Short History, pp24-61 [Ch2 and Ch3] including primary source documents and images; other primary sources to be posted on Canvas

October 31 The Summer of 1789 (2nd Paper DUE Monday October 31, 7pm)
              November 2 The Church and the Revolution
November 4 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 12 The Constituent and Legislative Assemblies

Reading: Popkin, pp 62-82 [Ch4] including primary source documents and images; other primary sources to be posted on Canvas

November 7 The End of the Monarchy
November 9 The Black Revolution in Saint-Domingue
November 11 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 13  The First Republic and the Terror

Reading: Popkin, pp 83-108 [Ch5] including primary source documents and images; other primary sources to be posted on Canvas

November 14 External and Internal Wars
November 16 The Reign of Terror
November 18 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 14  (THANKSGIVING WEEK) Thermidor

Reading: Popkin, pp 109-128 [Ch6] including primary source documents and images; other primary sources to be posted on Canvas

November 21 Thermidor and the Directory

Week 15  Napoleon Bonaparte

Reading: Popkin, pp 128-160 [Ch7 and 8] including primary source documents and images; other primary sources to be posted on Canvas

November 28 The Rise of Napoleon
November 30 Napoleon’s Empire
December 2 DISCUSSION of the week’s readings

Week 16  Legacy of the Revolution

Reading: Popkin, Short History, pp 161-175

December 5 The Legacy of the Revolution


As instructor, I reserve the right to change the course schedule and policies in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

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