Monday, 11:50–1:15, May 14
Instructor: Jack Censer
Coordinator: Jennifer Disano
Histories of the French Revolution, begun when the event was barely underway, have continued apace for over two centuries. The historical accounts of the events have been evolving and improving our understanding. A newly published book, The French Revolution and Napoleon: Crucible of the Modern World ,by Lynn Hunt and Jack Censer, benefits from prior syntheses, monographic research, and a deep engagement with the documentary evidence. The book differs with others as it goes beyond the revolutionary decade (1789-1799) to include Napoleon (1800-1815) and also places events in France into a global perspective. This study is Hunt and Censer’s second general survey (the first was published in 2001), and they believe this one is not only distinct, but more adventurous in its interpretations.
Professor emeritus Jack Censer earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins University and spent over 40 years at Mason, where he also served as chair of the department of history and art history and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In retirement, he has continued his interest in revolutions.