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    Vassar College
  Oct 23, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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HIST 332 - Dangerous Ideas: Challenging Authority in Eighteenth-Century France

1 unit(s)
In the years leading up to the French Revolution, authorities were obsessed with the spread of dangerous ideas that threatened church, state and traditional social values. Seeking to overhaul society completely, a diverse group of thinkers commonly associated with the Enlightenment examined all aspects of human existence, from religion, politics, and science to crime, sex, and art. This course emphasizes primary sources, ranging from The Social Contract to Dangerous Liaisons. We consider the impact of ideas and words by examining the spaces for discussion, the dissemination of books, and reader response. Ultimately, we ask the following: What was the legacy of the various critiques for the French Revolution and, more generally, the modern era? Sumita Choudhury.

Not offered in 2017/18.

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