9:30 am to 12:30 pm
In this seminar we will discuss social and cultural influences on the French Revolution and explore how the revolutionaries and Napoleon changed the society and culture around them. We will examine notions of time, space, life and death during the Revolution as well as ever-changing revolutionary festivals. In addition, as revolutionary fervor spread across Europe, and beyond, we will explore the global revolutionary movement. An examination of how the revolution played out in, for example, Haiti - which had added issues of slavery and race - will help us understand the multitudinal influences pushing the revolution forward. We will also examine how Napoleon brought some of these issues together and sought to resolve social problems through initiatives including the Civil Code and the Concordat.