Violent Justice, Legal Reform and Revolutionary Terror: Law in Eighteenth-Century France (HIH1613)

15 credits

This module will give students the opportunity to explore France’s eighteenth-century journey from absolute monarchy to revolutionary republic – all through the varied historical lenses offered by a rich vein of legal sources from across this defining period in European and World history. The module will demonstrate the wide range of legal sources available to us as historians, and it will also emphasise the centrality of law and justice to the complex story of France’s eighteenth-century development. As a result, students will gain an understanding of the potential (and pitfalls) of using legal sources and legal history to understand this revolutionary era.