Pascal Cauchy


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 6527 - Methodology:Hist, Psci, Phil      

Methodology Applied to Civilization: History, Political Science and Philosophy.

The purpose of this course is to explain the French methodology used for written and oral exercises such as synthesis, dissertation and text analysis (plus oral presentation). The course aims at providing practical tools for social sciences (history, political science, philosophy) and will be based on practical exercises performed by the students of the class under the supervision of the professor. The methodology will be very important for those who will study in France. The contents of the class (with a large range of texts and documents) will be focused on the French political history of the Republic, from the 19th century to the present.

Required text:
- Vincent MILLOT, Olivier WIEVIORKA, Méthode pour le commentaire et la dissertation historiques, 4eme édition, 2011, Paris, Armand Colin, 128 pages. ISBN-13: 978-2200248949 Methodology

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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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, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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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 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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The Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
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