Paris 1800-1914

Ref: C2345395

A look at the history of Paris in the 19th century, beginning with Napoleon's influence, and covering the various revolutions and rebellions, Haussmann’s massive town-planning project that made the city what it is today, the lives of some of the notorious Courtesans, the Cancan, and works by great artists who documented the events and scenes of the time. We'll also reference literary works, operas, operettas and musicals that have focused on the period, examining how much these works actually really reflect what was happening in the city.

Course aim

How Paris developed as a capital city in the 19th century: the re-design of the city under Baron Haussmann, political upheavals, societal changes, the arts and entertainment, and the lives of the notorious Courtesans.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explore the purposes of Haussmann's re-design of the city of Paris
  • Explain some of the reasons for the revolutions and rebellions in Paris during the 19th century
  • Contrast the lives of the Courtesans with those of "Les Misérables"
  • Suggest reasons why Paris is the setting for so many operas, operettas and musicals

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our learning platform, Canvas, and access a Zoom presentation. If you’d like to understand more about Zoom please visit:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Paris 1800-1914


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