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France Since 1871 - Video

By John Merriman

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(HIST 276) This course covers the emergence of modern France. Topics include the social, economic, and political transformation of France; the impact of France's revolutionary heritage, of industrialization, and of the dislocation wrought by two world wars; and the political response of the Left and the Right to changing French society. This class was recorded in Fall 2007.

Customer Reviews

Great course

It made me move to France for a year.

I understand why he loves France, but why does he hate America?

Professor Merriman is highly knowledgeable about France and French history, but I wish he had a better appreciation for America and our history. He is fond of pointing out that America has civil rights, but no human rights. What planet does he live on?

The most fundamental of all human rights is freedom, because all other rights depend on it. The United States has done more to promote and secure human freedom than any other nation in history, including securing the freedom of the French and other Europeans in the 20th century.

Professor Merriman is a nice man, and I'm sure he means well. But he is misguided, I believe, by his ultra left ideology and apparent distaste for free-market capitalism. Perhaps he should be reminded that many of his Yale students are supported by parents that are products of this system and that they ultimately pay his salary and support wonderful institutions like Yale.

A Joy to Watch!

Dr. Merriman is brilliant with extraordinary knowledge of French history, geography, and culture. Better yet, he is a natural and gifted teacher with a burning interest in his subject.

I enjoy that he does not try to oversimplify -- historical influences are complex. And, without overdoing it, he gives us a sense of what ordinary men and women experienced in their lives.