Pascal Cauchy is a lecturer of Contemporary History at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Specialist in political history, he worked on the history of communism and the Soviet Union. Former director of French College in Moscow, he headed for five years programs for foreign students at Sciences Po Paris. He has published, among others, The Fourth Republic, (collection- Que-sais-je?), PUF, 2003; The Dictionary of Russia, Paris, Larousse, 2009; L'élection d'un notable (a history of presidential elections 1981), Vendémiaire, 2011. He is currently Secretary General of the International Committee of Historical Sciences
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FREN 6620 - Literature and Politics
Literature and Politics: a Shared History
Germaine de Staël was the first to underline the peculiar link between literature and politics. Writers have contributed through their art to the big debates over the years; they have influenced political behaviors and ideas, in their own way. They have been as well indicators for the passions and tensions of a society which often put the question of power at the heart of ideological struggles. This propinquity originates from French language, its use and evolution, which takes a full part in this troubled history. This fully justifies exploring two centuries of literature, mainly French, through texts and authors and discovering those struggles, no less strong than battles or barricades.
Four major themes will be addressed, in six chronological steps: the founding dialogue of two savoyards : Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Joseph de Maistre (Revolution, Counter Revolution), the lampoon as a weapon, literary review, the novel reflecting political engagement.
Texts will illustrate the classes, following the order and underlining the main themes. Civ Cul & Soc
Summer 2015 Language Schools
FREN 6668 - History of Europe:16-21C
A History of Europe, from the 16th to the 21st Century: Convergence and Divergence
In the late Middle Ages, the so-called "Christian West" knew a considerable change. Europe built itself by starting to conquer the world. Technical, artistic and religious revolutions participated in this extraordinary movement of expansion. Over four centuries, a European model of “civilization” established its preeminence. But this creative power does not exist without tensions, without mutilation. The purpose of this seminar is to bring out the highlights of this adventure in order to understand the main mechanisms at play.
The course is divided into four parts: 1.The Renaissance: between civilization and violence, 2.The invention of Europe (seventeenth and eighteenth century), 3. Europe, a universal power (eighteenth and early twentieth century), 4.Europe between destruction and reinvention. Each session will be devoted to a thematic study. Civ Cul & Soc
Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools