How French became modern - 1850-1968

What is common between rural France, traditional and impregnated with Catholicism, as it emerges for example the famous Glaneuses of Millet, and the society of the sixties, who lives in large suburban ensembles, circulates moped and listens to Johnny Hallyday?

This course proposes to observe "from below" the modernization movement that profoundly transformed France from the middle of the 19th century until the 1960s.

Drawing on the history of representations (painting, cinema, song) and studying more precisely some symbolic objects (the train, the newspaper, the record player), it is important to understand how the modernity, what momentum it has aroused and what limits it has encountered.

  • Catherine Bertho-Lavenir, La Roue et le stylo. Comment nous sommes devenus touristes, Odile Jacob, 1999
  • Christophe Charle, Discordance des temps. Brève histoire de la modernité, A. Colin, 2011.
  • Stéphane Frioux, Les Batailles de l'hygiène. Villes et environnement de Pasteur aux Trente Glorieuses, PUF, 2014.
  • Jean-François Sirinelli, Le siècle des excès, PUF, 2014.
  • Theodore Zeldin, Histoire des passions françaises, 1848-1945, Payot, 1994.

Arnaud HOUTE

Arnaud Houte is a lecturer at the Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université, member of the Center for Research in History of the nineteenth century.

He notably published Le métier de gendarme au XIXe siècle (Rennes, PUR, 2010), Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte et le coup d'État du 2 décembre 1851 (Paris, Larousse, 2011) et Le triomphe de la République, 1871-1914 (Paris, Seuil, 2014).