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Paris: A Contested City

HIST 210
Paris, France
Prof. Sarah Horowitz

This course spends four weeks in Paris analyzing how the spaces of the city have been contested and claimed since the French Revolution. We will study how different actors and groups have used the city and its monuments in struggles over history, memory and politics. Specific topics to be covered include how the French Revolution is memorialized in the city, class tensions and the remaking of Paris in the nineteenth century, the creation of Paris as an art capital, the battle for the memory of World War II, and the way in which contemporary actors — politicians, protestors, and tourists — move through and shape the city for their own purposes.

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Our Blogger: Meaghan Latella

Meaghan Latella is a rising senior majoring in journalism and minoring in creative writing. She is originally from Wilton, CT, and this summer will be returning to Connecticut to work as an intern at The Hartford Courant. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, going for long runs, and being outdoors. She is a member of W&L’s varsity soccer team and the Sports Editor for the Ring-Tum Phi. She is also a copywriter for the creative team for Mock Con 2016 and holds a work-study position at the University Library.

“I was attracted to the History 210 course in Paris because history has always been a subject of interest to me. I have taken multiple U.S. history and politics classes, but I had little knowledge about European history. This class was a great opportunity to learn about the history of another part of the world; in addition, I love traveling and my goal is to see as much of Europe as possible over the course of my lifetime. Paris is a remarkable city, and I was so thankful to be selected to spend a month exploring and learning in it!”

  • Class Year: 2016
  • Major: Journalism
  • Hometown: Wilton, CT
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