Civilisation CM
Licence Langues, littératures et civilisations étrangères et régionalesParcours Langues et Interculturalité : Ensemble méditerranéen et oriental


Cours magistral:

This series of twelve lectures will introduce students to the first two centuries of American history. From the settlement of Jamestown (1607) to the period following the Civil War known as the Reconstruction (1877), America experienced a continuous transformation. Combining chronological and thematic approaches, this introductory course will cover key topics such as British colonization, the origins of the American Revolution or the march toward the Civil War. 

  • Lecture 1 & 2 : The peculiar challenges of American history

  • Lectures 3 & 4 : Colonial America

  • Lectures 5 & 6 : Slavery and abolitionism

  • Lectures 7 & 8 : The other Americans

  • Lectures 9 & 10 : Tocqueville's America

Lectures 11 & 12 : Westward expansion


  • Études anglophones



Allison, Robert. The American Revolution: a Concise History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Bonomi, Patricia U. Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Geiter, Mary K. and W. A. Speck. Colonial America: from Jamestown to Yorktown. Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
Hall, David D. A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England. New York: Knopf, 2011.
Jensen, Merrill. The Founding of a Nation: a History of the American Revolution, 1763-1776. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2004.
Kolchin, Peter. American Slavery: 1619-1877. London: Penguin, 1995.
Mason, Matthew. Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic, University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
Middleton, Richard and Anne S. Lombard. Colonial America: A History to 1763. (4th Ed.) New York: W.W. Norton, 2011.
Oakes, James. The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008
Ransom, Roger L. Conflict and Compromise: The Political Economy of Slavery, Emancipation, and the American Civil War. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Taylor, Alan. The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution. New York: Knopf, 2006.
Wood, Gordon S. The American Revolution: a History, London: Modern Library, 2003.

Web Sites
A Hypertext on American History from the Colonial Period until Modern Times: University of Groningen -
History and Culture: The Smithsonian Institution -
American Transcendentalism Web -
I will be Heard! Abolitionism in Americ a: Cornell University Library -
Salem Witch Trials, Documentary Archives and Transcription Project: University of Virginia Library -
The Abolition of the Slave Trade: New York Public Library -
“The American Revolution”: Library of Congress -
The American Sense of Puritan, by Scott Eric Atkins: American Studies at the University of Virginia -


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