History 219 - France: Imagined Communities in France
Wars and their commemoration have a prominent place in the cultivation of national identity. In 2014, for the centennial of the start of World War I, students will learn about France as a national and cultural community by exploring first-hand the sites of the bloody battles that have become part of the master narrative of French history. From the murderous past of Loire Valley châteaux to the Revolutionary city of Paris, the battlefields of Somme and the Normandy beaches, students will literally walk through French history. At the same time, they will question the idea of "France" by examining past and present communities who have been defined as foreigners, invaders, or outsiders. Participants will have the opportunity to live with French host families and to travel to three different regions of France. Group excursions will be balanced with individual wanderings to allow for diverse and memorable opportunities to consider how the past is integrated into official and mundane narratives of French national identity.
Course: HIST 219
Program leaders: Cherilyn Lacy; Mark Wolff
Curricular requirement: EL
Length of program: 23 days
Meals: All meals included
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