Pascal Cauchy


 French School

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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FREN6527 - Methodology:Hist, Psci, Phil      

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

Mostly relying on modern French history, this course offers an introduction to the methodology for the social and human sciences. It will be structured around a series of exercises, such as summaries of texts, analysis and comments of documents, oral presentations and essays. One of the aims of this course is to prepare students about to go and study in France, but it will also prepare students who are starting a four-summer Master’s program.

Required Texts
La France au XIXe siècle, 1814-1914
Dominique Barjot, Jean-Pierre Chaline, André Encrevé
Collection: Quadrige
Presse Universitaire de France 2014
ISBN 10 : 2130632572 ⁄ISBN 13 : 9782130632573

La France de 1914 à nos jours
Jean-François Sirinelli
Collection Quadrige
Presses Universitaires de France 2014
ISBN 2 13 053843 6 Methodology

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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FREN6620 - 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, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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FREN6668 - 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

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