History of France: from the Middle Ages to the 5th Republic
Institut Catholique de Paris
Area of Study
French Culture, History
Intermediate, High Intermediate
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
1. The Middle Ages
-The One Hundred Years War
-The construction of Cathedrals in France
2. The Renaissance in France
-The castles of the Loire Valley
-Francois the 1st
-The ordinance of Villers-Cotterêts: August 10-25, 1539 -Leonardo DeVinci -The Pléiade: Ronsard, Bellay, etc.
3. From Henry IV to Louis XIV: towards royal absolutism
-Henri IV and the Edict of Nantes
-Louis XIII, Richelieu and the assertion of royal power
-Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fouquet
-Louis XIV, Versailles and his artists: the absolute monarch.
-Jean de la Fontaine
-The Classical Theater: Corneille, Racine
-The theater according to Molière
-Versailles and its celebrations
4. The Age of Enlightenment
- "When Europe spoke French"
- Scientific and technical progress
5. The French Revolution
-Its important figures.
-Its important events.
-The symbols of the French Republic
6. From Bonaparte to Napoleon I
-Biography of Napoleon
-The administrative and architectural achievements of Napoleon
7. Victor Hugo through his political struggles and his great works
-The death penalty
-The construction of Europe
-The fight against misery
-The romantic theater
-His great novels
8. 1830: The Three Glorious and the adventure of Romanticism
-Delacroix: Freedom guiding the people
- Romanticism in France, in arts and letters
9. The Second Empire (1852-1870)
-Paris rebuilt by Haussmann
-The Opera Garnier
-Festivals under the Empire
10. Some highlights of the Third Republic (from September 4, 1870 to July 10, 1940)
- 1874: beginning of Impressionism.
-1881: Freedom of the press
-1881-1882: The Jules Ferry laws on the school
-1894-1906: The Dreyfus Affair
-1905: Law of Separation of Churches and State.
-1914-1918: The First World War.
-1936: The Popular Front: Paid holidays
11. "The Belle Epoque": France from 1880 to 1914
12. The Roaring Twenties (1920-1929): Period of intense social, cultural and artistic activity
13. From the French State (1940 to 1944) to the Fourth Republic (1946-1958)
-The Second World War
-The Indochina War
-The Algerian war
-The women's vote
14. The Fifth Republic
-Charles de Gaulle
-The different presidents of the Fifth Republic
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.