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French History Workshops

Intermediate B1 & higher level

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Discover key moments in French history that had a profound impact in France and around the globe.

A look at the most important events and people that made France what it is today. Discover interesting or surprising facts you probably did not know. Workshops will be in English but all names of events, locations, and personalities will be in French original.

La Révolution Française - The French Revolution
Fri, Nov 30, from 5:30-7pm
Fri, Jan 18, from 5:30-7pm

Intermediate B1, Advanced B2, and Expert C1/C2 levels

The French Revolution was not just a period of upheaval in France. It unleashed a wave of global conflicts and changes that extended from the Caribbean to the Middle East. The Revolution deeply altered the course of modern history on a large scale since it later helped Napoleon bring many of its principles to areas he conquered. Despite what many think, the Revolution was not only a people’s movement, it was also the Bourgeois and “Petite noblesse” who took part as well. Many of those who led the revolution actually had a comfortable statute in the society. We can even think that some of the Revolutionary leaders were more interested in power than in providing a real change for the people of France. During this workshop, we will take another look to this exceptional period and we will reopen the too often hidden “dossiers” of abuses and unfair decisions.

Napoléon
Fri, Dec 7, from 5:30pm-7pm
Fri, Feb 22, from 5:30pm-7pm
Intermediate B1, Advanced B2, and Expert C1/C2 levels

Napoléon Bonaparte, or Napoleone Di Buenaparte in Corsican language, is one of the most famous people in history. But do you really know the man? Besides his military and strategy skills, as well as his love for luxurious items, there are other sides of the “petit corporal” that you could have missed. Did you know that he was not really short? Standing at 5’7, or 1.70 meters, he was average in height for the 18th century in Europe. Until the age of 17, “Napo” did not feel French at all, considering himself only a Corsican citizen. In this workshop, we will discover the true history of the infamous figure in French history.

Course Code: WKHIST
Led by Thierry Bidault
Price: $50 per workshop

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Take any two or more FIAF workshops and save $5 per workshop.

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