C-SPAN Panel Featuring Jim Collins: Popular Uprisings in the Arab World

Video: Popular Uprisings in the Arab World Featuring Dr. James Collins

Feb. 7, 2011: C-SPAN panel discussion featuring Dr. James Collins, Georgetown University (19-minute mark). There is also a Q&A session at the end (1hour 21 minutes).

Also featured: Osama Abi-Mershed, Georgetown University;  Bassam Haddad, George Mason University; and Elliott Colla, Georgetown University

Take a Walk Through Versailles with the Google Art Project



Google partnered with 17 museums from around the world, including Versailles, to put together the Google Art Project, which features more than 1000 works. Walk around the museum by clicking directional arrows – enjoy a 360-degree view!  Zoom in on paintings to examine individual brush strokes or cracks in the paint.

While the walking experience may feel a bit stilted due to load time, the project is a useful tool to engage students, and it is definitely something teachers in the humanities should check out. Unsurprisingly, the project has caused some debate, including questions about whether posting such high resolution images will lead to easier ways of producing illegal reproductions, and whether it is good, bad, or neutral for museums. (Have an opinion on the Google Art Project? Leave a comment.)

General information:
Official Google Art Project promo: “Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.”


Current Museum Partners:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands

The State in Early Modern France

The State in Early Modern France – December 2009 (2nd edition)
Series: New Approaches to European History (No. 42)
ISBN: 9780521113144
Book Cover: The State in Early Modern FranceA new edition of James Collins’ acclaimed synthesis that challenged longstanding views of the origins of modern states and absolute monarchy through an analysis of early modern Europe’s most important continental state. Incorporating recent scholarship on the French state and his own research, James Collins has revised the text throughout. He examines recent debates on ‘absolutism’; presents a fresh interpretation of the Fronde and of French society in the eighteenth century; includes additional material on French colonies and overseas trade; and ties recent theoretical work into a new chapter on Louis XIV. He argues that the monarchical state came into being around 1630, matured between 1690 and 1730 and, in a new final chapter, shows that the period May 1787 to June 1789 was an interregnum, with the end of the Ancien Régime coming not in 1789 but with the dissolution of the Assembly of Notables on 25 May 1787.

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