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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

Informative and enjoyable

Merriman's lectures are awesome. Truly a man consumed with History. His organized but scatological approach sums it all up nicely. Thanks to Apple and Yale for providing access.


Fantastic ! Tremendous insights into France + French culture and character told with great wit, deep understanding and intelligence. Wish more of his lectures were available.

Good lectures, but infected with political advocacy.

I thought that the professor’s lectures were pretty informative. He surely knows his history. However, I have to give it 3 stars, because I thought his personal political beliefs infected his lectures. It was too difficult to determine where his political advocacy began and historical facts ended. He hates capitalism and the right; that much he makes clear . . . repeatedly. I wish he would just stick to relating his vast knowledge of history, rather than devolving lecture after lecture into why the left is awesome and the right is evil.