Shriber Lecture Features French Revolution Historian

The Fourth Annual Harvey and Elizabeth Shriber Lecture will be presented by Donald M. G. Sutherland, professor of history at the University of Maryland, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Anderson Center Reception Room. Sutherland will speak on “Urban Lynching and the Radicalization of the French Revolution.” Sutherland is a leading historian of the French Revolution whose landmark books and articles have helped redefine the significance of resistance to the revolutionary cause. His monographs on counter-revolutionary rebels in western France and urban factionalism in southern France offered specialists the most sophisticated treatments of these topics published to date. His survey history of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic period became a standard text in the English-speaking world (and appeared in French, Italian and Dutch), only to be supplanted by his more historiographically explicit treatment of the same period. No active scholar is better prepared to explain to students and scholars alike the significance of urban lynching in radicalizing the French Revolution after the overthrow of the monarchy in 1792. Refreshments will be served