The French Revolut 1786-95 (SS) HIST4147

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This special subject concentrates on the internal political and social history of France from the failure of reform efforts at the end of the ancient regime to the White Terror of 1795. On the basis of a wide range of source material, we shall look at the rapidly shifting ground of politics and reform, the growth of 'public opinion', social and economic confrontations, the domestic impact of war, the trial of the king, and the nature of Terror government.


Three hours per week in each semester.. This is one of the honours options in History and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours in history.

Excluded Courses




2 essays (one in each semester) 10% each

2 seminar papers (one in each semester) 6% each

Seminar contribution (one assessment in each semester) 4% each

Examination: 2 x 120 minute examinations, worth 60% overall

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The following aims are shared by all History special subjects:

6. to prepare students for independent and original analysis of a complex range of evidence, including source materials, thereby developing intellectual skills that will be of benefit in a wide range of careers.

7. to show students how a professional historian works.

8. to familiarise students, through source-criticism, with a wide range of problems of interpretation arising from different usages of language, underlying meanings and intentions, differing standards of objectivity, and the variety of purpose and intent associated with historical evidence (written, visual or other).

9. to ensure, through student-led discussion, that the relative validity of alternative historical interpretations is fully recognised.

10. to encourage students to develop the confidence, imagination, skills and self-discipline required to master a similarly demanding brief in the future, whether in historical research or in any sphere or employment where these qualities are valuable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: