HISTORY 6443.01:

Readings in European History Since 1789

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEONIC ERA

Spring 2002

Tues, 6-9 P.M.; WPN 242

 

Information

Professor:  Dr. Jan Jenkins

Office:  Witherspoon Hall 267

Phone:  479-968-0456

E-Mail:  jan.jenkins@mail.atu.edu

Office Hours:  MWF 9:00-11:00 A.M.; MW  1:30-3:00 P.M.; TR 1:00-3:00 P.M. Or by appt                           

Texts and Readings

Mason, Laura; Rizzo, Tracey.  The French Revolution:  A Document Collection.  1999.

Sutherland, D.M.G.  France 1789-1815:  Revolution and Counterrevolution.  1985.

Books selected for individual review.

 

Goals and Content of the Course

To foster the development of critical judgment, independent thinking, creative initiative, and disciplined inquiry, as stated in the Arkansas Tech University “Philosophy of the Graduate Program.”  Successful completion of the graduate program signifies that the student has acquired the research skills of an independent scholar, with expertise in a particular field of study

This graduate Readings course will address the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era and their powerful legacy to modern political, social, and intellectual life in the western world.  The course will fulfill requirements for the Master of Arts in History or the Master of Liberal Arts.  Coursework will comprise required readings and individual book reviews, with exams and class presentations.

 Schedule

¨Tuesday, February 12 – Book Review 1

¨Tuesday, March 5 – Exam 1

¨Tuesday, April 9 – Review 2

¨Tuesday, May 7 – Exam 2

Blue books will be required for exams.

 

ASSIGNMENTS - Assignments will include readings in the course texts, articles, and book reviews on works selected from reading lists, which I will provide.  Book reviews will be presented in class sessions, and you will lead the class discussion which follows.  There will also be two essay exams during the course of the semester.

 

Attendance

Attendance is required.  Book review presentations will be scheduled in advance and are to be presented in class, so your attendance is crucial.  I reserve the right to drop from the class anyone who has incurred two unexcused absences. 

 Grading

Grading will follow a ten-point scale (90% = A, etc.).  Final grades will include two exam grades and two book review grades, each worth 100 points.  In addition, I may occasionally give a short classroom assignment or quiz, worth 10-25 points.

 Reading Assignments

 Jan. 15 – Introduction; Book selection

Jan. 22 – Sutherland, Ch. 1,2; Mason/Rizzo, Ch. 1,2,3

Jan. 29 – Sutherland, Ch. 3; Mason/Rizzo, Ch. 4,5

Feb. 5 – Sutherland, Ch. 4; Mason/Rizzo, Ch. 6,7

Feb. 12 – Book Review 1

Feb. 19 – Sutherland, Ch. 5; Mason/Rizzo, Ch. 8

Feb. 26 – Sutherland, Ch. 6; Mason/Rizzo, Ch. 9, 10; Potential essay questions

Mar. 5 – Exam 1

Mar. 12 – Sutherland, Ch. 7,8; Mason/Rizzo, Ch. 11,12

Mar. 26 – Sutherland, Ch. 9; Mason/Rizzo, Ch. 14

Apr. 2 – Sutherland, Ch. 10; Mason/Rizzo, Ch. 15

Apr. 9 – Book Review 2

Apr. 16 – Sutherland, Ch. 11

Apr. 23 – Sutherland, Ch. 12, Conclusion; Potential essay questions

Apr. 30 –

May 7 – Exam 2

 

                                                     GUIDE FOR BOOK REVIEWS

 

FORMAT

Your book reviews will analyze and critique works of non-fiction selected from readings lists, which I will provide.  Each review must be three complete pages, a typewritten or computer-generated document with one-inch top, bottom, and side margins.  The top of the first page will include the complete bibliographic citation for your book, following the correct, single-spaced form (Turabian or Chicago Manual of Style).  The rest of the book review is to be double-spaced.

 

Sample bibliographic citation:

 

Johnson, Paul.  The Birth of the Modern:  World Society 1815-1830.  New York:  Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.  1095 pp.

  PLEASE BE SURE TO WRITE IN YOUR OWN WORDS.

  Plagiarism or cheating will result in a failing grade for the course. 

  If you have questions, please see me.

  PRINT SIZE - Your print size must be a FONT of 12.  Larger or smaller print is unacceptable.

  CONTENT

Your reviews must address each of the following items, though not necessarily in this order:

1.  The author(s) - Who wrote the book?  Has the author written other books?  If so, please give titles and publication dates for at least three of the author’s other works.  What is the author’s educational or career background?  Does the author's background contain anything which might bias or influence the way he views his topic?

2.  General coverage - What is the focus of the book?  Do not get bogged down in your summarization or give a chapter-by-chapter explanation, or you will have difficulty staying within the maximum length of the review.

3.  The thesis of the work - What is the thesis of the book?  Does the work provide any new theories, arguments, or information on the subject?  As a graduate student, you should be able to address this with some sophistication.

4.  The author's sources - Did the author use primary materials, secondary materials, or a combination of the two?  Be sure to give at least two examples for each type of source (authors, titles, dates of publication).

5.  The author's conclusions.

6.  Your own conclusions - Does the author prove his thesis or theses?  How useful or valuable is this work?  Is this book for the general reader, or is it more useful for an expert in a specific field?  Either way, please explain and support your opinions.

 

Book review grades (100 points each) will be determined by your presentation in class, as well as by the written document.  Since book review presentations must be scheduled in advance, it is extremely important that you are present and prepared when it is your turn to review a book for the class.  I will be glad to take a look at rough drafts, if you bring them to my office in advance of their due dates.

 

If you have questions, please feel free to ask questions in class, drop by my office, or make an appointment.     

 

Book Review 1                                                                        Name___________________

Dr. Jan Jenkins                                                                       Date___________

Starting Point:   3 complete pages, 100 percent;   2 complete pages, 66 percent;   1 complete page, 33 percent

Comments

  Format as instructed              (10) _____        _________________________

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Author information                   (10) _____        _________________________

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Source information                 (10) _____          _________________________

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General Coverage                   (30) _____          _________________________

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Author’s Conclusions              (10) _____          _________________________

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Reader’s Conclusions            (10) _____            _________________________

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Typing, Proof-reading             (10) _____           _________________________

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Mechanics                               (10) _____         _________________________

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   GRADE _______

 

Additional comments _________________________________________________________

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Book Review 2                                                                        Name___________________

Dr. Jan Jenkins                                                                         Date___________

 

Starting Point:   3 complete pages, 100 percent;   2 complete pages, 66 percent;   1 complete page, 33 percent

Comments

Format as instructed              (10) _____           _________________________

_________________________

Author information                   (10) _____        _________________________

_________________________

Source information                 (10) _____           _________________________

_________________________

General Coverage                   (30) _____          _________________________

_________________________

Author’s Conclusions              (10) _____           ________________________

_________________________

Reader’s Conclusions            (10) _____            _________________________

_________________________

Typing, Proof-reading             (10) _____           _________________________

_________________________

Mechanics                               (10) _____        _________________________

_________________________

   GRADE _______

 

Additional comments _________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

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