France's Four Napoleons:
The Rise and Fall of the Bonaparte Dynasty
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In one of history's great ironies, the French Revolution achieved its goal of abolishing the monarchy (including the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette) bringing the Bourbon dynasty’s rule over France to an end. On the other hand, it led in 1804 to the empire of Napoleon Bonaparte. His astonishing military career led to him crowning himself emperor and setting up his own dynasty – the Bonaparte dynasty. This lecture series tells the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the Bonapartes: from the turbulent years of the French Revolution to the the creation of France’s first Empire under Napoleon I. Following the military defeats that ended his empire, his only son, Napoleon II, died young in exile, but the dynasty sprang back into power under his nephew, Louis Napoleon, who became Napoleon III. He also died in exile, after his defeat by Germany in 1870, while his only son, the Prince Imperial (Napoleon IV), was killed tragically in the Zulu War. This lecture series follows the rise and fall of the House of Bonaparte to show the lasting influence exercised by France's Fourth Dynasty on European history.
1. Napoleon Bonaparte: Rise to Power and Creation of France's First Empire
2. Napoleon I: Master of Europe, downfall and exile
3. Restoring the old order – The Return of the Bourbons
4. Napoleon III: the Rise and Fall of France’s Second Empire
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Claudia Dunlea is Visiting Instructor of History at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). She received her doctorate in European Integration History from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 2003. Dr. Dunlea is the author of a book that investigates the origins of a supranational European foreign policy in the 1950s. Her recent research on the diplomatic relations of the European Union was published in two articles.
||3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
||Mondays, October 28; November 4, 18, 25
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$34 member / $54 non-member