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The Age of Napoleon Podcast

English, Social, 1 season, 122 episodes, 4 days, 3 hours, 50 minutes
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The Age of Napoleon is a history podcast about the life and career of Napoleon Bonaparte as well as the general context of Europe between the early eighteenth and early nineteenth century. It is about big trends and the grand sweep of history, as well as the smaller, individual stories that bring them to life.
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Episode 113: Victory or Death

In the spring of 1808, Napoleon said he considered Spain conquered. That summer, Spanish forces dealt France its first major battlefield defeat in nearly a decade. How did Spain manage this stunning reversal?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 19 seconds
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Grey Histories Collaboration

I recently recorded a collaboration with Will Clark of Grey Histories: the French Revolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 112: The Way of the Bandit

In the Spring of 1808, Napoleon installed his brother Joseph on the Spanish throne. However, the people of Madrid had had enough of the French, and took matters into their own hands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202451 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 111: Bad Omens

With Portugal conquered, Napoleon turned his attention to Spain. As French troops began occupying the country, it soon became clear they were sitting on a political powder keg.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202455 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 110: Barbarians

1807 saw Napoleon and the British jockeying for influence among the remaining neutral states of Europe. Average people paid the price for this competition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/20241 hour, 1 minute, 46 seconds
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Episode 109: The Rise of the Sausage-Maker

In 1808, France would find itself in a new war on the Iberian Peninsula. How did Napoleon find himself engaged in a new war less than a year after the Treaty of Tilsit? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/1/202456 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 108: Europe Under the Eagle

By 1808, the Napoleonic empire stretched from Poland to the Pyrenees, and from the North Sea to the southern tip of Italy. How was Europe adjusting to Napoleon's new order? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/202351 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 107: The Will of the Emperor

By 1809, Napoleon had ruled France for a decade. How did the Napoleonic regime actually function? How could one person effectively exercise his will over half a continent? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/202352 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 106: The Art of Power

In Europe at the dawn of the nineteenth century, art and politics were deeply intertwined, sometimes in surprising ways. No one understood this better than Napoleon Bonaparte. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/30/202353 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 105: The Imperial City

During his 15 years in power, Napoleon put an indelible mark on his adopted city: Paris. The First Empire was a formative period in the history of the city, but what did it mean for average people? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/1/202359 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 104: Man of the Century

Napoleon's new treaty with Russia had totally transformed European geopolitics. What did it mean for the future of the continent? For France? For Napoleon himself? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/202356 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 103: The Two Eagles

In the summer of 1807, the emperors of France and Russia, and the King and Queen of Prussia met at the Baltic town of Tilsit for a remarkable diplomatic summit aimed at forging a new geopolitical status quo for Europe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/1/202355 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 102: Bennigsen's Gamble

In the summer of 1807, Napoleon was on the verge of seizing a prize that had eluded him for 6 months: Königsberg. The end of the war was in sight, but before he could take the city, he would have to deal with a bold surprise attack on his rear. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/1/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 101: Beyond Bravery

As Napoleon struggled to rebuild his army after Eylau, French forces lay siege to the port city of Danzig. In late Spring, the Grande Armée went back out on campaign, to square off against General Bennigsen once again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/20231 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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Episode 100: What a Massacre

The Battle of Eylau was the greatest challenge of Napoleon's career so far. For two days, the French and Russian armies fought with unbelievable tenacity in the worst conditions imaginable.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Soul of a Free Man

A recording of a recent talk I gave on the life of Toussaint Louverture You can find out more about the Symposium at: https://www.historysymposium.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/20231 hour, 46 seconds
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Episode 99: Dangers of Every Kind

In January of 1807, Napoleon ordered his men to make winter quarters and turned his attention to an exciting, but dangerous new mistress with a hidden agenda. But before the month was over, fate would draw the Grande Armée back out on campaign. Also, I am writing Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze's name here in the notes, in case some of you are wondering how to spell it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202354 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 98: Eagles East

France and the Grande Armée were growing tired of war, but in the winter of 1806, Napoleon led his forces east, into a harsh, new environment that would test the limits of his soldiers' endurance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/1/202353 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 97: The Rights of War

As Napoleon and the Grande Armée enjoyed a pleasant interlude in occupied Berlin, the war was escalating in unprecedented ways. Sailors, smugglers, and corsairs all over the world were engaged in a new style of total economic warfare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/202252 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 96: Our Favorite Enemy

After their defeats at Jena and Auerstedt, the vaunted Prussian army collapsed in the face of Napoleon's onslaught. As the French pushed into the heart of Central Europe, their presence began to awaken complicated nationalist feelings on both sides. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 95: The Iron Marshal's Stand

Germany, 1806: while Napoleon was winning another triumph at the Battle of Jena, the Third Corps of his army was forced to fight alone in a desperate battle against a superior force.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/1/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 94: History on Horseback

In early October, 1806, Napoleon led the Grande Armée to war once again, this time against the Prussians. The events of the next week would change the course of history, and have a surprisingly profound impact on western philosophy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 93: A Ridiculous War

In 1806, France and Prussia went to war. The Grande Armée was at the height of its powers, but the French did not want this fight. The Prussian army had huge problems, but was eager to prove itself against Napoleon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/202232 minutes, 54 seconds
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Dispatch #1

Introducing a new feature to the show. Visit: www.patreon.com/ageofnapoleon and sign up if you'd like to join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/9/202216 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 92: Fear and Expectation

1806 saw Europe reeling from the aftermath of Austerlitz. Napoleon organized his new empire and continued to remake the map of the continent, but he would soon be faced with a powerful backlash. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/1/202256 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 91: The Cavalry

An overview of the most colorful and romanticized branch of a Napoleonic military: the cavalry. Depending on your perspective, they were either the bravest, most vital part of any army, or preening, arrogant prima donnas. Napoleonic cavalry regiments saw some of the most desperate and exciting combat of the era, and their unique subculture continues to fascinate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/1/202259 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 90: The New Order

After his stunning victories of late 1805, Napoleon sought to impose a new international order on central Europe. This would mean an all-out diplomatic assault on one of the world's oldest and most venerable institutions: the Holy Roman Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/202257 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 89: Immortal Nelson

Horatio Nelson's last battle was a stunning British victory, but his fleet's troubles were just beginning. We examine the stunning aftermath of Trafalgar and the legacy of the greatest admiral of the age. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/202257 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 88: Eastward with Jesse Alexander

I interviewed Real Time History's Jesse Alexander about his latest project: tracing Napoleon's downfall from the invasion of Russia in 1812. You can find them on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/c/realtimehistory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202239 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 87: Thank God I Have Done My Duty

In October 1805, a Franco-Spanish fleet sailed out of Cadiz to seek a confrontation with a British fleet under Horatio Nelson. What ensued was one of the greatest naval battles of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 86: Six Hours

Napoleon famously said that if he could control the English Channel for 6 hours, he would control the world. In 1805, the French navy launched an audacious plan to buy the Emperor his 6 hours. But to do so, they would have to best one of the greatest military institutions of all time: the 19th century Royal Navy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/20221 hour, 1 minute, 59 seconds
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Episode 85: In the Hands of a Giant

The Battle of Austerlitz changed Europe forever. As news of his triumph reverberated across Europe, Napoleon began to redraw the map of the continent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/31/202159 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 84: The Battle of the Three Emperors

On the first anniversary of his coronation, Napoleon faced off against a powerful Coalition army. With France's strategic situation deteriorating by the hour, he formed an audacious plan to win the war in a single stroke. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 83: The Chase

Napoleon pursues a Coalition army through Austria. Masséna fights in Italy. Prussian neutrality finally ends. https://www.patreon.com/ageofnapoleon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 82: The Fortunes of War

A new coalition forms against France. Napoleon leads his new army into Germany in a stunning, lightning campaign. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/30/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 81: The Eagles of Boulogne

Napoleon brings his army to the Channel Coast and builds it into one of the most formidable war machines in military history. Meanwhile, talk of another anti-French Coalition begins to swirl in the old regime capitals of Europe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/31/202156 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 80: The Crown of Charlemagne

On December 2nd, 1804, Napoleon crowned himself Emperor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/25/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 79: The Eagle's Landing

We examine Napoleon's colonial policies, the tragic end of Toussaint Louverture, and the final act of the Haitian War of Independence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 78: Free Haiti

After his victory over Britain, Toussaint Louverture began a new struggle: to build a new country out of the ruins of war and rebellion. Louverture had a bright vision for the future, but old divisions still lurked under the surface... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/202158 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 77: The Symposium

A recording of a panel on Napoleonic podcasting from the 2021 Massena Society symposium on Napoleonic History. The Massena Society's YouTube channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYvrcTkLRWH_5wOdr4lhKHw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/20211 hour, 54 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 76: The Black Napoleon

As the war in Haiti rages on, Toussaint Louverture makes a fateful decision to leave his allies behind. We follow his development as a general as he forges his guerilla forces into a powerful, modern army, and challenges the invaders head-on. Registration for the conference: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/napoleon-and-his-legacy-warfare-politics-and-society-march-18-21-2021-tickets-142425537617 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/3/202153 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 75: The Opening

As Haiti sinks deeper into chaos and tragedy, Toussaint begins his rise to leadership within the rebel movement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202153 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 74: The Age of Toussaint

Haiti was France's richest colony, but Europe's lust for sugar had created a barbaric and unstable social system in the colonies. We meet the man who would one day rise above this barbarism and become father of a new country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/23/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 73: The Blood of a King

In 1803, Britain sent a team of assassins against Napoleon. They failed, but the plot led to one of the most controversial episodes of Napoleon's career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/20201 hour, 38 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 72: The Experiment

With the war over, France was finally becoming prosperous again. Napoleon contemplated what this would mean for his regime as he worked to reform the country. In many ways, the Consulate was a golden age, but war with Britain was already looming on the horizon once again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/23/202054 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 71: The Spoiled Child of Victory

France welcomes the Catholic Church back to the country in grand style, but the Concordat complicated Napoleon's relationship with staunch republicans in the army leadership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/29/202038 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 70: Concord

Napoleon finally had his deal with the Vatican, but how would the Concordat of 1801 change France? What would it mean for the future of the revolution, and millions of alienated French Catholics? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/8/202041 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 69: God Save the Republic

Napoleon continues in his attempt to reconcile with conservatives. He finally manages to bring the Vatican to the negotiating table for an historic agreement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/15/202044 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 68: The Eagle and the Owls

Napoleon wanted to bring social harmony to France, but to do that, he needed to resolve the bitter conflict between the Catholic Church and the revolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/202037 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 67: Resistance is Pointless

A conclusion to our discussion of the Napoleonic Code, plus the fate of France's crown jewels, the legal opposition to Bonaparte's regime, and women's rights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202041 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 66: Master of France

Bonaparte finally takes the last legal step towards dictatorship, and we begin a discussion of his most important legacy: the Napoleonic Code. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/202036 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 65: The Blank Slate

The Treaty of Amiens is greeted with celebrations around the world. With peace, Napoleon prepares to embark on an ambitious program of reform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202034 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 64: The Last Treaty

After 8 years of war, Britain and France were finally on the road to peace, but reaching an agreement between such bitter rivals would be a long, arduous process. Fortunately, for both countries, an unlikely friendship between Joseph Bonaparte and Lord Charles Cornwallis paved the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202038 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 63: Definitive Peace

After their defeat at Hohenlinden, the Austrians return to the negotiating table, resulting in a treaty that threw the entire future of the Holy Roman Empire into doubt. We examine Prussian diplomacy, and their ineffective young King's strange relationship with Napoleon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202038 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 62; The World Stage

The War of the 2nd Coalition is winding down, but in the cut-throat world of Napoleonic diplomacy, peace could often prove elusive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/202041 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 61: Triumph and Temptation

Horatio Nelson continues to build his reputation as one of the most brilliant sailors of the age, but as his fame grows, the dark side of Nelson's character threatens to undermine his achievements. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 60: Do Much or Be Ruined

With the outbreak of war, Nelson vows to either make his career or destroy himself in the effort. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/8/201941 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 59: That Great Little Man

We examine the early career of Horatio Nelson, one of Napoleon's ablest and most implacable opponents. Nelson had good connections and showed great promise, but his temperament endangered his career almost as soon as it began. Visit: https://www.patreon.com/ageofnapoleon to sign up for the ad-free version. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/201937 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 58: Stalemate

Austria drops out of the war, leaving Britain to continue the struggle against France alone. Emperor Paul of Russia faces fierce opposition. The British navy gets itself into trouble in the Baltic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/201942 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 57: The Infernal Machine

After Marengo, Napoleon's secret police did battle with violent radicals in the political underground, culminating in a brush with death on Christmas Eve, 1800. For the ad-free version of the show, visit: https://www.patreon.com/ageofnapoleon and pledge at least $2/month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/10/201943 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 56: The Fruits of Victory

Does the Battle of Marengo deserve its reputation as one of Napoleon's greatest victories? We analyze the battle and examine its chaotic aftermath. If you'd like to listen to the show ad-free, visit: https://www.patreon.com/ageofnapoleon and pledge at least $2/month.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/26/201941 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 55: The Promise

Napoleon marches against the Austrians yet again, with the future of his new regime hanging in the balance. What followed was one of the most dramatic and consequential campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars, culminating in the first great battle of the 19th century: Marengo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/8/201951 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 54: The New Covenant

Napoleon outmaneuvers his rivals and forms a new government, then secures his position as dictator of France with an undemocratic referendum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/23/201940 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 53: Marx and the Coup with Matt Christman

Writer and political commentator Matt Christman returns for a conversation about the significance of the Coup of 18 Brumaire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/7/201934 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 52: The Morning After

We examine the aftermath and significance of the Coup of 18 Brumaire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/23/201938 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 51: The Sword of Brumaire

Napoleon makes a triumphant return to France, but finds the country no longer has any dire need of a military savior. Nonetheless, a plot was already underway in Paris that would soon culminate in Napoleon's seizure of power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/201948 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 50: Egypt Epilogue with Derek Davison

Derek Davison returns to discuss Middle Eastern history in the wake of the French Expedition. Topics include: the remarkable reign of Muhammad Ali, army reform, orientalism, and a possible 20th-century equivalent of Napoleon You can hear more from Derek at: https://fx.substack.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/201956 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 49: Meanwhile, in Europe

While Napoleon is away in Egypt, the revolution faces new struggles in Europe. Another coalition goes to war with France. One of history's greatest commanders faces off against the republic in Italy. Back in Paris, the government struggles to contain the resurgent left, and a jaded former idealist makes a surprising political comeback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/201936 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 48: Leaving Egypt

Murat's cavalry secure another crushing victory over the Mamelukes, but news from France leads Napoleon to abandon the expedition (and his mistress), leaving General Kléber to pick up the pieces. We follow the expedition to its ignoble end, and examine what conclusions we can draw from this strange chapter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/201946 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 47: A Spectacle of Death

With the dream of an eastern empire collapsing, Bonaparte launches an invasion of Syria against enormous odds, leading to some of the darkest episodes of his early career. We meet Pauline  Fourès, a young French woman who came to be nicknamed "Cleopatra." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/201942 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 46: The End of Illusion

The expedition's bad luck continues. The people of Egypt finally reach their breaking point. Cairo gets a taste of Napoleon's tyrannical side. Bonaparte receives a disturbing revelation about his personal life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/201938 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 45: In Debt with Zachary Stoltzfus

A conversation about debt and property in revolutionary and Napoleonic France, and what's it's like to research late 18th and early 19th century French history Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/201929 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 44: Ali Bonaparte

Relations between France and other great powers deteriorate. The Army of the Orient occupies Cairo, and the French immediately run into difficulties governing.  Napoleon makes a major decision that could have huge ramifications for the expedition, and for his own destiny. Minor correction: during the fourth minute, "dawn of the 18th century" should be "dawn of the 19th century." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/201946 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 43: Brave Despair

The British Mediterranean Fleet under Horatio Nelson spends months chasing the naval component of the Egypt Expedition. They finally catch the French at Aboukir Bay and fight the decisive Battle of the Nile, which would have major consequences for Napoleon and his army, and reverberate in geopolitics and culture for decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/201933 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 42: The Scorched Plains

The Army of the Orient pushes deeper into Egypt and learns painful lessons about life and death in the desert. Napoleon clamps down on discontent and rallies the army to win a skirmish at Shubra Khit and a major engagement at the so-called "Battle of the Pyramids," clearing the way to Cairo.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/201944 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 41: To the Land of the Gods

The Army of the Orient sets sail. They make a brief stop in Malta, where Napoleon clashes with an ancient organization of religious pirates. The French landing in Egypt turns into a debacle. Bonaparte seizes Alexandria in a messy, but one-sided battle and introduces himself to the people of Egypt. We meet the Mameluke warlords who rule the country, and examine Napoleon's approach to usurping their authority. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/201953 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 40: Davison Pasha

An interview with the writer and historian Derek Davison, who helps us look past the myths and orientalist fantasies to see the Middle East as it actually was on the eve of Napoleon's arrival. Topics include: the unique and dysfunctional regime of the Mamelukes, religion, Ottoman decline, and the 18th-century Middle Eastern way of war. You can find Derek's foreign policy writing for LobeLog at: https://lobelog.com/author/derek-davison/ His commentaries on Ibn Battuta are here: https://therihlah.com/ And his international affairs/history site is here: https://attwiw.com/ He is also on Twitter as @dwdavison9318 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/20181 hour, 8 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 39: East and West

Napoleon cajoles the Austrians into signing a peace treaty... a treaty which practically guarantees another war in the future. He begins planning the expedition to Egypt, and we examine the rationales behind the campaign. A promising young republican general meets a tragic fate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/201851 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 38: The Kansas Campaign

A special interview with military historians Dr. Mark Gerges, Dr. Jonathan Abel, and Dr. John Kuehn, experts on the Napoleonic era from the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/20/20181 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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Episode 37: Breaking the Pendulum

While Napoleon fought in Italy, French politics oscillated dangerously between left and right. Finally, a fraught election and divisions within the Directory tore the system apart. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/201849 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 36: Questions and Answers

We take a break from the narrative to answer listener questions on topics ranging from the organization of the revolutionary armies to pop culture to alternate history hypotheticals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/201855 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 35: King of Italy

Bonaparte returns to Italy after Leoben, and is already coming into his own as a political figure. He is reunited with Josephine, and enjoys an opulent court life at Mombello. We trace Napoleon's development as a statesman as he defies the Directory and brings Venice and Genoa under French influence.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/201845 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 34: The Road to Leoben

The First Italian Campaign reaches its less-than-dramatic conclusion with Napoleon's invasion of Austria. We take a look back on this remarkable period, and assess Napoleon as a strategist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/12/201845 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 33: The Final Effort

With the Mantua garrison on the brink of starvation, the Austrians under Alvinczy launch one last relief attempt. General Sérurier returns, and General Joubert is given command of a division. Napoleon fights another innovative battle at Rivoli, where the French cavalry devastates the enemy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/24/201837 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 32: The Fate of Italy

Napoleon faces a new opponent, who gives the Army of Italy their toughest fight of the campaign so far. He suffers his first defeats as commander-in-chief. We examine an iconic moment of Napoleon's career: the assault on the bridge at Arcole. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ageofnapoleon https://ko-fi.com/theageofnapoleonpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/11/201851 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 31: The Walls of Mantua

The Army of Italy pushes north to support a French offensive in Germany, but finds Wurmser already back on the march, leading to a major battle at Bassano and a frantic race down from the Alps. Conditions within Mantua worsen. We meet a young, capable Austrian commander: Archduke Charles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/30/201845 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 30: Risk and Reward

The Army of Italy faces off against Field Marshal Wurmser, and finds itself in its toughest fight of the campaign so far. Bonaparte takes some calculated risks to even the odds. One of Napoleon's inner circle suffers a tragic, life-altering wound. Mantua stands as strong, but warfare is changing, and fortresses like Mantua are less relevant than ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/15/201850 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 29: To the Victor Go the Spoils

The Army of Italy beats Beaulieu one last time, then takes a lucrative detour south and confronts the Pope. Napoleon and Josephine are finally reunited. We also meet Napoleon's next opponent, discuss corruption within the army, and take an in-depth look at the campaign to strip Italy of its cultural and intellectual wealth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/3/201852 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 28: The Liberation of Lombardy

Napoleon finally enters Milan. The French conquest has divided Lombardy-- radicals are eager to follow the example of the revolution, but many others greet their conquerors with hostility and suspicion. Napoleon continues his requisitions and demands for tribute, angering an old friend as well as the locals. The officers of the still-ragged Army of Italy invest in jewel-encrusted watches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/201848 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 27: The Legend of Lodi

The First Italian Campaign continues. Napoleon outfoxes the Austrians and takes Milan. The Army of Italy fights a famous battle at Lodi, which probably does not deserve its legendary reputation. We also take a look at Napoleon's propaganda machine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/201856 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 26: The Promised Land

We meet some of the leaders of the Army of Italy. The First Italian Campaign begins in dramatic fashion, with two weeks of lightning battles at Montenotte, Millesimo, Dego, Ceva, and Mondovì. Napoleon negotiates with Piedmont, and worries about looting, and about his wife. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/20181 hour, 20 seconds
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Episode 25: Naked and Underfed

We meet the Army of Italy, which Napoleon finds in a "state of destitution." Paris provides little support, but Bonaparte attempts to get his command into shape for the offensive. We discuss more of the military reforms of the revolution. Napoleon gives the first famous speech of his career. The First Italian Campaign gets off to an inauspicious start. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/201848 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 24: To Destiny

For better and for worse, a new government takes over in Paris: the Directory. Napoleon and Josephine are married, and we examine her unhappy early life. Napoleon leaves Paris to meet his destiny. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/201842 minutes, 1 second
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Epiode 23: Momentum

An update from the armies at the front: French success continues in the Netherlands, and the long-suffering Dutch radicals finally have their day. In the South, the republicans push into Catalonia, knocking Spain out of the war, but at the cost of a general's life. Prussia finally wakes up and leaves the Coalition.  In Paris, Napoleon's meteoric rise has officially begun. He shares the fruits of his success and continues his inept search for a wife. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/201845 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 22: The Man of Bronze

With the defeat of the French left, the right begins a violent resurgence, culminating in a rebellion that nearly conquers Paris. Napoleon saves the Convention (and his career with it). We meet two memorable characters: Paul Barras and Joachim Murat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/201848 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 21: Down and Out in Paris

With so many of his political patrons dead, Napoleon's career stalls. He spends some aimless months in the capital trying to improve his situation. He finds high society transformed along with politics. Also discussed: Napoleon's love life, republican victories in the Vendée, and the surprising importance of the Army Topographical Bureau. Contains some (very tame) sexual content Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/201842 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 20: Thermidor

An eclectic episode. Napoleon gets out of jail, fights another battle in northern Italy, and comes tantalizingly close to a triumphant return to Corsica. Other topics include: the fall of Robespierre, the Kościuszko Uprising, Thermidorian politics, the progress of the war, and the Jacobin Air Force Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/201842 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode Nineteen: The Principles of Mountain Warfare

Napoleon reports for duty with the Army of Italy, which is fighting a tough campaign in the rugged Alps. André Masséna is introduced. Napoleon's plan and Masséna's daring win a victory at Saorgio. Napoleon undertakes an ill-timed mission to Genoa. Map of the Saorgio campaign: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Saorgio#/media/File:Saorgio_1794_Campaign_Map.jpg Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/201842 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode Eighteen: Vindication

Napoleon takes charge as head of artillery for the Army of the Alps, clashes with his incompetent commanders, and finally wins recognition on the battlefield during the Siege of Toulon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/201844 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode Seventeen: A Nation in Arms

Napoleon finally reports to the regular army, just as France sinks deeper into chaos. The Jacobins come to power and launch The Reign of Terror. The army continues to transform. Napoleon finally achieves some success writing, and wins some powerful friends in the process. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/16/201750 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode Sixteen: Into the Storm

SURVEY: https://survey.libsyn.com/ageofnapoleon   Napoleon returns to Corsica. The former king is executed; royalists rise up to avenge him. Napoleon fights in his first (real) battle. Paoli breaks with the Bonapartes and with France. Napoleon and his family flee Corsica. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/201742 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode Fifteen: the Mob

Napoleon bungles his first test as a National Guard officer and bears witness to the revolution's darkest days survey: survey.libsyn.com/ageofnapoleon Patreon: patreon.com/ageofnapoleon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/23/201737 minutes, 35 seconds
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A Guide to the Infantry of the Napoleonic Era

A short episode delving into the organization, equipment, and uniforms of Napoleonic foot-soldiers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/201722 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode Fourteen: The People's Army

Back on the mainland, 1792 saw the revolution face an existential crisis, which gave birth to a new new kind of army. Topics include Count Guibert and his theory of the citizen-soldier, the Battle of Valmy, and the foundation of the First Republic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/28/201739 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode Thirteen: The Coriscan Gracchi

The Bonaparte brothers launch their political careers with very mixed success, Paoli returns from exile a changed man, and we take a close look at the crooked, violent world of eighteenth century Corsican electoral campaigning. Also: Joseph Bonaparte birtherism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/22/201734 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode Twelve: Long Live the Fatherland

Napoleon is bored in a peacetime army and fills his time with writing and the study of military theory. He returns to Corsica for the first time since childhood. The revolution turns his political beliefs upside down. Also discussed: rich Uncle Luciano and artisanal, small-batch artillery Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/201748 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode Eleven: Cadet Paille-au-nez

Napoleon grows up: surviving military school, coping with the death of his father, and becoming an officer in record time. Also discussed: Bourrienne's problematic 'Memoirs,' Napoleon's love of books, talking to girls, and how the Bonapartes were like the Bluths Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/201740 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode Ten: As the Fatherland Was Dying

the life and death of Carlo Bonaparte, Napoleon's childhood, Napoleon leaves home Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/17/201732 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode Nine: The Iron Soil of Corsica

Napoleon's roots. Topics include: vendettas, the Corsican War of Independence, Napoleon's hero- Pasquale Paoli, and James Boswell's Corsica cosplay Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/30/201733 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Robespierre

Topics include: the life and career of Maximilien Robespierre and The Terror Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/17/201720 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bonus Episode

Bonus Episode by The Age of Napoleon Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/2/201732 minutes, 8 seconds
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Bonus Episode: The 28th Messidor of Matt Christman

A discussion on Karl Marx's '18 Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte' with podcaster, writer, and Marx enthusiast Matt Christman. Topics include Napoleon III's rise to power and why you are a potato in a sack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/17/201730 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode Eight: Fracture

French society begins to fracture as the Revolution goes off the rails. Topics include the first Bastille Day, the Catholic counter-revolution, the émigrés, the rise of radicalism, and revolutionary violence Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/4/201747 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode Seven: The Undesired

The road to the French Revolution. The Bastille, the Tennis Court Oath, the Women's March on Versailles, the Great Fear, and Lafayette (yes, that Lafayette) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/201750 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode Six: The King's Army

Topics include: military life in the 18th century, officer culture, battles, desertion, and the life story and real adventures of the poor man of Toggenburg Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/201735 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 5.5: The Doomed Regime

Rounding out the discussion of 18th century France from episode 5. Topics include politics, the economy, diplomacy, and workin' for the King of Prussia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/25/201720 minutes
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Episode Five: The Setting Sun

topics include Louis XIV and his disastrous successors, the people and society of 18th century France, and a dog who became a saint (kind of) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/201742 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode Four: Nemesis

Great Britain in the Eighteenth century. Politics, society, and the industrialization (or lack thereof) of the British economy special cameo by Hank the cat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/201731 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode Three: Eastern Ambitions

Topics include: the Habsburgs, the Holy Roman Empire, Prussia, the wars of Frederick the Great, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and the Ottoman Empire Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/201734 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 2.5: The Advances of Dr. Struensee

Bonus mini-episode with a show announcement and a good story about Denmark Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/201713 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode Two: Enlightenment and Tyranny

Topics include: The Enlightenment, absolute monarchy, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/201728 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode One: The Basics

Episode one of a history podcast about the Napoleonic Era Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/201722 minutes, 52 seconds