Tag: French History
‘Do you hear the people sing?’: A History of Civil Unrest in France
Is the stereotype about French people always going on strike true? Ione Gildroy examines a history of civil unrest in France.
À la Creole, en chemise, en gaulle: Marie Antoinette and the dress that sparked a revolution
Written by Sophie Whitehead. Marie Antoinette was surrounded by many controversies during her life, including that of her dress in a 1783 portrait. But how important was this portrait? And how far can it be said to have sparked a revolution?
The Morning Star: Philippe I Duc d’Orléans Reconsidered
Written by Hazel Atkinson. The life of Philippe I Duc d’Orléans has been treated with pity and contempt by historians, on account of his lack of conformity to both early modern and modern notions of masculinity. But when re-considered, we can learn much about Philippe’s life, and how he was regarded by those around him.
Through the Looking Glass: Photography and Imperialism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Written by Jack Bennett. The technology of photography has been deeply entangled with imperial expansion. However it has been a contested technology too and used by colonised peoples.
An Error of Embargoes: The Failure of Napoleon’s Continental System
Written by Fraser Barnes. In his quest to cripple and de-stabilise his greatest rival, Napoleon embarked on an economic policy that would ultimately bring about his ruin: the Continental System.
The day before the Commune, 17 March 1871
Written by Inge Erdal. On the eve of the Paris Commune of 1871, a revolutionary government that lasted a mere two months, two men discuss the past and the future.