Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Suzanne M. Desan
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel:


France’s oppressed and hungry masses rise up against their government.
In Paris, crowds storm the Bastille looking for bread and weaponry.
Rumors, panic, and fear grip the nation as it faces an uncertain future.
The National Assembly adopts the Declaration of the Rights of Man, the first bold step toward the invention of democratic politics and a republican state.
A young Corsican named Napoleon Bonaparte stuns Europe with his military strategy and political boldness.
Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon is your opportunity to learn the full story of this captivating period. Taught by Dr. Suzanne M. Desan, these 48 exciting lectures give you a broad and comprehensive survey of one of the most important eras in modern history.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Mostly French Revolution

Whilst the course is about the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, it's primary focus is on the French Revolution. That being said, whilst I'm a fan of Napoleon, this is a bit more hostile towards Napoleon than Napoleon podcast by J David Markham and Cameron Reilly, it's more friendly towards the Revolutionaries.

Overall, this is a great overview of the French Revolution.
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- Martin Lefebvre

Feels like you're there

This course combines big historic events and trends during the era of the French Revolution and through Napoleon's reign with the everyday lives of the people who lived during that time. We need more history courses like this.
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- Deep Reader

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses