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FR421 Module Outline

France and political violence 



 Week 1.Introduction: what is political violence?

2. Interpretations of revolutionary violence: a. Sorel; b. Marx interpreted by Balibar

3. Revolutionary violence, democracy and the republican tradition.

4. Occupation and Resistance, 1940-1944.

5. Struggles for national independence and their interpretation: a.Fanon; b.Sartre.

6.Reading week

7. Algeria: torture; Paris 1961.

8. The role of violence in May 1968.

9. Communism and violence: Merleau-Ponty.

10. The contemporary French polity: the end of political violence?

 11. Conclusions. (Week 32)