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A weekly podcast exploring great political revolutions. Now: The July Revolution. Next: 1848
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43:02 | Aug 7th, 2017

It may not be Holy or Roman anymore, but it was still an Empire... Pre-Order The Storm Before the Storm! Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indibound Books-a-Million

26:19 | Sep 16th

After the disaster of the Crimean War, it was time for an era of Great Reform.  Sponsor:
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30:09 | Sep 9th

Really missed a chance to call this episode "The Three Pillars of Russian Absolutism.   Come hang out with us at

31:16 | Aug 26th

In December 1825, the Decembrists became the Decembrists.  Sponsor:

31:38 | Aug 19th

This week, it's nothing less than The Divine Savior vs. The Antichrist

33:20 | Aug 5th

Peter the Great and Catherine the Great made the Russian Empire great.

31:28 | Jul 28th

Two Romes have fallen. The third stands. And there will be no fourth. No one shall replace your Christian Tsardom!

31:01 | Jul 7th

In 1872, the First International fractured into rival camps led by Marx and Bakunin.
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0:00 | Jul 3rd

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29:01 | Jun 17th

Mikhail Bakunin circumnavigated the globe and came back convinced that coercive authority was the pits.  Direct Link: 10.5- The Adventures of Mikhail Bakunin Sponsor:

33:20 | Jun 10th

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles? Come see us: Intelligent Speech Conference

30:51 | Jun 3rd

According to Lenin, Karl Marx was, "the genius who continued and consummated the three main ideological currents of the 19th century, as represented by the three most advanced countries of mankind: classical German philosophy, classical English polit...Show More

31:45 | May 27th

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels dreamed of revolution. But what happens when the revolution comes and then goes? Sponsor: Recommendation: The Once and Future King

31:22 | May 20th

In 1864, a group of working men formed an international association called The International Working Men's Association.

10:09 | May 13th

A Revolutions Podcast Update.  Intelligent Speech Sound Education See ya in a week!

1:13:45 | Mar 12th

The winds have now swept Mexico. To what end? I'll be in Copenhagen: CPH:DOX March 26

39:33 | Mar 4th

It's time to bring the Mexican Revolution to a close Sponsor:

36:28 | Feb 25th

In 1918 and 1919, it was hard to tell whether the Mexican Revolution was heating up or cooling down.  Sponsor:

35:35 | Feb 17th

In 1917, Villa said he would fight on until Carranza was swinging from a tree.  Sponsor:

37:37 | Feb 4th

In March 1916, the United States invaded Mexico. Again.  Dome and Bedlam: Ep. 27 Mike Duncan Unscripted Baseball Content Sponsor Link:

36:38 | Jan 27th

In November, 1915 Pancho Villa declared death to the gringos.  Sponsor link:

37:52 | Jan 21st

Wherein Pancho Villa is infected with a fatal case of hubris.  Sponsor:

40:37 | Jan 14th

In October 1914 the Aguascalientes Convention met to decide the future of Mexico.  Sponsor: Care/Of

38:32 | Dec 17th, 2018

In the summer of 1914, the armies of Obregón, Villa, and Zapata drove Huerta into exile.

37:15 | Dec 10th, 2018

In April 1914 the United States invaded Mexico.  Get 30% off The Storm Before the Storm: Use 30ROME at Checkout Sponsor Link:

40:43 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Was Pancho Villa an Avenging Angel, Robin Hood, or King of the Bandits? Yes.

41:31 | Nov 26th, 2018

Let us begin Phase II of the Mexican Revolution... Sponsor:

35:17 | Nov 19th, 2018

Actually it was more like 13, but who's counting.

39:45 | Nov 12th, 2018

After becoming President, Madero decided to alienate his old friends.

19:42 | Nov 4th, 2018

After being elected President of Mexico, Francisco Madero enjoyed no peace.

40:57 | Oct 29th, 2018

In the summer of 1911, Francisco Madero was not quite President. And that was a bit of a problem. sponsor:

33:01 | Oct 22nd, 2018

How Porfirian politics helped destroy the Porfiriato

37:42 | Oct 16th, 2018

Sulla died believing he had saved the Roman Republic. Boy was he ever wrong.  Can you do any better? Can You Save The Roman Republic? Check out the book:

39:26 | Oct 14th, 2018

In the spring of 1911, Francisco Madero unleashed the tiger. Let's see if he can control it.  Choose Your Own Adventure Game: Can You Save The Republic? Tour Dates! Oct 15 -- Toronto -- Ben McNally’s Oct 16 -- NYC -- The Strand  Oct 17 -- Nashville...Show More

39:02 | Oct 8th, 2018

Francisco Madero had a plan, but it didn't really work.  Choose Your Own Adventure Game: Can You Save The Republic? Tour Dates! Oct 15 -- Toronto -- Ben McNally’s Oct 16 -- NYC -- The Strand  Oct 17 -- Nashville -- Parnassus Books Oct 18 -- Atlant...Show More

37:12 | Sep 24th, 2018

Welcome to Morelos. I'd like to introduce you to your host, Emiliano Zapata.  Sponsor: Tour Dates! Oct 15 -- Toronto -- Ben McNally’s Oct 16 -- NYC -- The Strand  Oct 17 -- Nashville -- Parnassus Books Oct 18 -- Atlant...Show More

41:12 | Sep 17th, 2018

After Porfirio Diaz said he welcomed a democratic opposition, many foolishly took him at his word.  Tour Dates! Oct 15 -- Toronto -- Ben McNally’s Oct 16 -- NYC -- The Strand  Oct 17 -- Nashville -- Parnassus Books Oct 18 -- Atlanta -- The Carter ...Show More

39:58 | Sep 10th, 2018

Just as Mexico was being kicked around by an economic crisis, Porfirio Diaz dropped a political bombshell.  Sponsor:

39:52 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Porfirio Diaz ruled Mexico for so long they named a whole section of Mexican history after him.  Sponsor:

46:58 | Aug 27th, 2018

In the years after independence, Mexico was a bit unstable.  Sponsor:

46:41 | Aug 20th, 2018

In 1810, Father Hidalgo let forth the Cry of Dolores.

36:33 | Aug 12th, 2018

Just by way of refresher, since I know everyone took such good notes during episode 5.1 and 5.2  sponsor:

42:59 | Jun 25th, 2018

The last week of May 1871 was indeed a very bloody week.  Sponsor link:

33:43 | Jun 17th, 2018

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39:55 | Jun 13th, 2018

The Paris Commune was formally inaugurated on March 28, 1871. Unfortunately no one could agree on what that meant.

39:42 | Jun 4th, 2018

On March 18, 1871 the government of Adolphe Thiers attempted to seize control of the National Guard's cannons. It didn't go well.   Fundraiser!

41:56 | May 28th, 2018

You know you're rich when you can afford to eat rats.  Fundraiser!

40:52 | May 20th, 2018

In September 1870, everyone in Paris prepared for a siege. Some of them also prepared for revolution.  Remember:

38:24 | May 13th, 2018

Napoleon III hoped a war with Prussia would save his Empire. Instead it destroyed his Empire.  Remember: Hardball Times Article: Shohei Ohtani, The Bambino, and Bullet Joe This Week In Baseball History: Episode 47 - L...Show More

43:53 | Mar 25th, 2018

The bitter end of the Revolutions of 1848 arrived in the summer of 1849. Visit Audible! Recs: The Storm Before the Storm (duh) and 30 Greatest Orchestral Workd

40:24 | Mar 19th, 2018

As the walls close in on the Revolutions of 1848, the final loose ends will be ground up by millstones, but still stamp the future with fertile soil to grow new liberty trees.

36:38 | Mar 11th, 2018

Wherein the King of Prussia is offered a dog's collar.

36:03 | Mar 5th, 2018

In Dec 1848, the Austrian Empire got a new Emperor.

42:41 | Feb 26th, 2018

In Dec 1848, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte was elected president of France.

39:13 | Feb 12th, 2018

After the Emperor declared war on Hungary, Vienna launched an uprising in October 1848.

39:50 | Feb 5th, 2018

The Frankfurt Parliament is the symbol of the liberal German Revolution of 1848. That's not a compliment.

35:54 | Jan 31st, 2018

In the summer of 1848, the forces of counter-revolution began to get the upper hand in central Europe.

41:16 | Jan 22nd, 2018

On March 23, 1848 the Kingdom of Piedmont declared war on Austria.

33:58 | Jan 14th, 2018

In April 1848, the Hungarians won the right to national self-government. But what about the other nations of the Kingdom of Hungary?

43:27 | Jan 8th, 2018

The Austrian Imperial Ministry had a habit of cracking down, but then backing down.

43:53 | Dec 25th, 2017

With German unification on the way, the question became who exactly was going to be unified anyway? Give a Gift Get A Gift:

39:40 | Dec 18th, 2017

In June 1848, France discovered class conflict.  Give a Gift Get A Gift: Subscribe to Hardcore History Addendum

42:44 | Dec 4th, 2017

The Provisional Government of France wanted a political revolution NOT a social revolution. Direct Link:  Give a Gift Get A Gift: Tour! 12/4/17 LOS ANGELES, CA Barnes & Noble -- The Grove, 7:00 PM Readin...Show More

42:13 | Nov 26th, 2017

In March 1848, both Milan and Venice revolted against Austrian rule.  Order the Storm Before The Storm: West Coast Tour:

37:24 | Nov 20th, 2017

The fall of the July Monarchy set off a chain reaction throughout Germany that climaxed with intense fighting in Berlin.

37:09 | Nov 15th, 2017

On your feet, Magyar, the homeland calls! The time is here, now or never! Shall we be slaves or free? This is the question, choose your answer.

38:43 | Nov 6th, 2017

On March 13, 1848, Metternich fell.  We did it!  New York Times Bestseller List

1:03:28 | Oct 30th, 2017

Enjoy! Unless you plan on coming to a future event, in which case you should probably stop listening right now!

08:11 | Oct 23rd, 2017

The Storm Before the Storm is finally here! Find me on tour: 10/24/17 BOSTON, MA Harvard Book Store, 7:00 PM Book launch!   10/25/17 NEW YORK, NY Book Culture, 7:00 PM In ...Show More

30:57 | Oct 16th, 2017

There is a spectre haunting Europe.... 10/24/17 BOSTON, MA Harvard Book Store, 7:00 PM Book launch!   10/25/17 NEW YORK, NY Book Culture, Time TBD In Conversation w/ Jared Yates Sexton   10/26/17 BROOKLYN, NY Powerhouse Arena, 7:00 PM Reading + ...Show More

36:21 | Oct 9th, 2017

In 1848 there would be no replacing one Bourbon with another.  10/24/17 BOSTON, MA Harvard Book Store, 7:00 PM Book launch!   10/25/17 NEW YORK, NY Book Culture, Time TBD In Conversation w/ Jared Yates Sexton   10/26/17 BROOKLYN, NY Powerhouse A...Show More

39:51 | Oct 2nd, 2017

In February 1848 the National Guard had finally had enough of the July Monarchy  Book Tour!   10/24/17 BOSTON, MA Harvard Book Store, 7:00 PM Book launch!   10/25/17 NEW YORK, NY Book Culture, Time TBD In Conversation w/ Jared Yates Sexton   10/...Show More

39:55 | Sep 25th, 2017

In 1847 and 1848 opposition leaders spent good money to eat bad food while listening to bad speeches.  Pre-Order The Storm Before the Storm! Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indiebound Books-a-Million Indigo

39:52 | Sep 18th, 2017

The Revolutions of 1848 began in Italy Pre-Order The Storm Before the Storm! Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indiebound Books-a-Million Indigo

46:48 | Sep 4th, 2017

Do you want a constitution? Well, too bad.  Pre-Order The Storm Before the Storm! Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indiebound Books-a-Million Indigo

32:36 | Aug 27th, 2017

The mid-1840s were a rotten time.  Tides of History Interview  History Fangirl Interview  Pre-Order The Storm Before the Storm! Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indiebound Books-a-Million Indigo

39:57 | Aug 23rd, 2017

1000 years of Hungarian history in 38 minutes.  Pre-Order The Storm Before the Storm! Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indiebound Books-a-Million Indigo

37:55 | Aug 13th, 2017

In the years after the Napoleonic conquest, the dream of Italian liberation and unification took root.  Pre-Order The Storm Before the Storm! Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indiebound Books-a-Million
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0:00 | Aug 13th, 2017

In the years after the Napoleonic conquest, the dream of Italian liberation and unification took root.  Pre-Order The Storm Before the Storm! Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indiebound Books-a-Million

55:41 | Jul 27th, 2017

Audio excerpt from The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan. Forthcoming Oct. 24, 2017. Pre-order a copy today!  Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indibound Books-a-Million Or visit us at: revolutionsp...Show More

41:01 | Jul 24th, 2017

The foundations of the July Monarchy were thin and shallow.  Pre-Order The Storm Before the Storm! Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indibound Books-a-Million

40:10 | Jul 17th, 2017

In January 1848 Europe was sleeping on a volcano.  Pre-Order The Storm Before the Storm! Amazon Powells Barnes & Noble Indibound Books-a-Million

34:10 | May 29th, 2017

In June 1832 a bunch of radical republicans spontaneously broke out in song.

41:46 | May 22nd, 2017

In 1820 the Good Cousins staged a revolution in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

34:39 | May 15th, 2017

After the fall of Napoleon, Austrian Foreign Minister Metternich attempted to orchestrate a new conservative order in Europe.  Sponsor:

35:59 | May 8th, 2017

In 1830, the Belgians said we don't want to be a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands anymore.

34:27 | Apr 30th, 2017

What the heck did the rest of France think about the July Revolution? Sponsor Link:

48:09 | Apr 24th, 2017

King Charles X should have never signed the Four Ordinances. You know. In hindsight.

23:50 | Apr 17th, 2017

Time to get this piece on the board.

38:59 | Apr 10th, 2017

On Wed July 28, 1830 the people of Paris proved that piles of rubble were the key to urban revolution.

39:17 | Apr 2nd, 2017

On Monday July 26, 1830 the Four Ordinances were published. On Tuesday July 27 the July Revolution began.

40:57 | Mar 26th, 2017

In early 1830 King Charles X tried to beat back the liberal opposition. Instead they came back stronger than ever.

35:06 | Mar 20th, 2017

After ascending to the throne in 1824 Charles X wanted to impose his ultra-royalism on France, but his annoying subjects kept resisting.

45:38 | Mar 13th, 2017

After the fall of Napoleon, the Bourbon monarchy was restored.

44:11 | Feb 13th, 2017

In 1830, both Simon Bolivar and Gran Colombia died.

34:37 | Feb 5th, 2017

On Sept 25, 1828 Simón Bolívar went out the window.

32:54 | Jan 30th, 2017

At the end of 1826 Simon Bolivar returned to Colombia to deal with the revolt of Jose Antonio Paez.

38:41 | Jan 23rd, 2017

In 1825 Upper Peru became the independent nation of Bolivia.

36:58 | Jan 16th, 2017

Wherein Gen. Sucre wins a very Bolivarian battle.

32:56 | Dec 12th, 2016

Simòn Bolívar and Jose de San Martin met for the first and only time in July 1822

30:36 | Dec 4th, 2016

In 1822, Antonio Jose Sucre and Simon Bolivar liberated Quito and made Gran Colombia whole.    Sponsor Link: Harrys Razors

40:01 | Nov 21st, 2016

Lord Thomas Cochrane turned out to be the key to Peru.

36:50 | Nov 14th, 2016

José de San Martín gets zonked on opium and marches through the Andes.

42:37 | Nov 7th, 2016

On June 24, 1821 the Battle of Carabobo secured permanent independence for Venezuela.

37:38 | Oct 9th, 2016

In 1820 a mutiny in Cádiz changed the course of Spanish American history.  .

39:24 | Oct 2nd, 2016

In July 1819 Bolívar led a legendary march into the mountains to liberate New Granada once and for all.

42:55 | Sep 19th, 2016

In January 1818 Simón Bolívar met José Antonio Páez. The War of Venezuelan Independence would never be the same.

36:44 | Sep 12th, 2016

With an assist from the Republic of Haiti, Simon Bolivar launched a new expedition to Venezuela in 1816.

46:30 | Sep 5th, 2016

Enter José de San Martín and Bernardo O'Higgins.

36:50 | Aug 29th, 2016

The restoration of King Ferdinand VII spelled big trouble for Spanish American Independence.

41:54 | Aug 22nd, 2016

In 1814 Simón Bolívar met the Legions of Hell. It wasn't pretty.

44:51 | Aug 15th, 2016

Simón Bolívar left Venezuela in 1812. He came back in 1813.

41:22 | Aug 7th, 2016

Things did not go well for the First Venezuelan Republic.

33:39 | Jul 18th, 2016

Further unrest plagued Spanish America in 1809 as the situation deteriorated back in Spain.

42:52 | Jul 11th, 2016

In May 1808 Napoleon deposed the Spanish Monarchy.

42:31 | Jul 3rd, 2016

1n 1806, two invasions of South America tested the waters of independence. Also, Bolívar swears to liberate his country or die trying.

44:48 | Jun 20th, 2016

After the Seven Years War the Spanish American Empire was hit with an array of revolts. Also six degrees of Francisco de Miranda.

42:39 | Jun 12th, 2016

After the Bourbons came to power they reformed the Spanish Empire and along the way created the Viceroyalty of New Granada.

45:49 | Jun 6th, 2016

After Columbus "discovered" America the Spanish built up an empire upon which the sun never set.

38:05 | Apr 11th, 2016

After declaring independence, Jean-Jacques Dessalines ordered the extermination of the white French.

08:39 | Apr 3rd, 2016

Done at the headquarters of Gonaives, the first day of January 1804, the first year of independence.

39:20 | Apr 3rd, 2016

The new nation of Haiti was born on New Years Day 1804.

37:20 | Mar 28th, 2016

In the summer of 1802 the worst Yellow Fever epidemic on record hit Saint-Domingue--making it very difficult to re-impose slavery.

39:48 | Mar 21st, 2016

With the massive expedition he assembled, Bonaparte reckoned it would take three months to retake Saint-Domingue.

40:47 | Mar 14th, 2016

In 1801 Toussaint Louverture annexed Santo Domingo and promulgated a new constitution without permission from France. First Consul Bonaparte was not amused.

38:50 | Mar 7th, 2016

From 1799-1800 Toussaint Louverture and Andre Rigaud fought a civil war for control of Saint-Domingue.

37:25 | Feb 29th, 2016

Toussaint Louverture began to craft an independent foreign policy for Saint-Domingue in 1798.

33:00 | Feb 22nd, 2016

In 1797, Touissant used the conservative victory in the elections of Year V to solidify his own position in Saint-Domingue.

39:50 | Feb 15th, 2016

By mid-1796, Toussaint Louverture had no rival on Saint-Domingue. Then Sonthonax came back.

39:36 | Feb 8th, 2016

From the summer of 1794 to the summer of 1795, the future of Saint-Domingue hung in the balance.

38:21 | Feb 1st, 2016

In February 1794, the National Convention not only ratified the emergency emancipation of the slaves, they extended it even further.

36:17 | Jan 25th, 2016

Le Cap burns. White colonial rule ends. The slaves are freed.

38:33 | Jan 18th, 2016

The Second Commission was supposed to implement the Law of April 4 and defeat the slave uprising. This turned out to be harder than they thought.

38:22 | Jan 11th, 2016

With slave revolts and civil war erupting in Saint-Domingue, the Legislative Assembly abolished all racial distinctions on April 4, 1792.

36:32 | Jan 4th, 2016

First the whites revolted. Then the free coloreds revolted. Then the slaves REALLY revolted.

38:26 | Dec 21st, 2015

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen sure seemed to imply that men were born free and equal in rights. In fact, it explicitly said so.

38:40 | Dec 14th, 2015

Wherein we find out what everyone thought about everyone else. Direct Link: 4.02- The Web of Tension Sponsor link:

37:49 | Dec 7th, 2015

The French colony of Saint-Domingue was the single most lucrative colony in the New World.

55:32 | Nov 26th, 2015

One last look back at the pile of severed heads.

30:47 | Sep 27th, 2015

Napoleon conquered Europe. Then he got beat and the Bourbons came back. Twitter: @mikeduncan

27:56 | Sep 27th, 2015

After coming to power in 1799, First Consul Bonaparte achieved many of the Revolution's dreams and healed many of its open wounds. So he declared himself Emperor in 1804.

36:02 | Sep 21st, 2015

And his name is Napoleon Bonaparte. Sponsor Link: Me on Twitter:

36:23 | Sep 14th, 2015

When the War of the Second Coalition got off to a terrible start for the French, the Triumvirate that had been running the Directory since 1797 was overthrown. Hey look I'm on Twitter:

33:49 | Sep 7th, 2015

While Bonaparte was off trying to conquer Egypt, the rest of Europe mobilized against France.

41:13 | Aug 31st, 2015

In July 1798 Bonaparte and his healthy, hopeful army arrived in Egypt. In August 1799 Bonaparte ditched his now demoralized, plague-ridden army and sailed for home.

35:44 | Aug 24th, 2015

The Directory manipulated the elections of Year VI to block left-wing candidates. Meanwhile Talleyrand provoked the Americans into war and Bonaparte sailed for Egypt.

39:47 | Aug 17th, 2015

After Fructidor the Directory cracked down on the conservatives. They also created more sister republicans to systematically loot. Sponsor Link:

40:09 | Aug 9th, 2015

After taking a drubbing in the elections Year V, the Directory decided to just annul the results.

35:00 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Bonaparte almost gets beat! But then he doesn't. Also don't invade Ireland in December. sponsor link:

38:44 | Jul 20th, 2015

Control the central position. Move on the rear. Live off the land. Sponsor Link:

36:32 | Jul 13th, 2015

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34:26 | Jul 5th, 2015

When the Thermidorean Convention introduced the Constitution of Year III, the political Right went a little nuts.

35:29 | Jun 28th, 2015

That's the slogan that rallied the last remnents of the sans culottes to action...right before they got crushed by the Thermidorean Convention.

35:26 | Jun 22nd, 2015

The terrible winter of 1794-95 helped France push back all her enemies. Also...Poland!

20:01 | Jun 14th, 2015

After the events of 9 Thermidor, the Revolution began to swing back to the right.

32:23 | Jun 8th, 2015

The events of 9 Thermidor II brought Act I of the French Revolution to a gruesome end.

03:35 | Jun 8th, 2015

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36:43 | Jun 1st, 2015

If the mainspring of popular government in peacetime is virtue, amid revolution it is at once virtue and terror: virtue, without which terror is fatal; terror, without which virtue is impotent.

35:08 | May 24th, 2015

In the spring of 1794. the Revolution devoured a few of her most beloved children. sponsor link:

36:59 | May 18th, 2015

At the end of 1793, the Committee of Public Safety completed it's consolidation of power.

18:02 | May 11th, 2015

Do not get into a popularity contest with George Washington. spnsor link:

16:13 | Apr 27th, 2015

Marie Antoinette thought he was behind EVERYTHING sponsor link:

15:26 | Apr 20th, 2015

In Oct 1793 the French Revolution took a stab at reforming time itself.

31:41 | Apr 12th, 2015

In October 1793 the Reign of Terror got started with the executions of Marie Antoinette and the Girondins.

35:54 | Apr 5th, 2015

In the fall of 1793, the French Republic started to gain traction against its enemies. Setting up the stage for the Reign of Terror. sponsor:

32:10 | Mar 29th, 2015

In the summer of 1793 a re-organized Committee of Public Safety began to consolidate power.

34:43 | Mar 23rd, 2015

In the summer of 1793 the Revolutionaries in Paris were besieged from all sides.

32:22 | Mar 8th, 2015

On May 31-June 2, 1793 Paris once again rose in armed insurrection against the national government.

30:21 | Mar 1st, 2015

In the spring of 1793 revolts against Paris started erupting all over France. Sponsor:

35:54 | Feb 16th, 2015

After the Battle of Valmy the French armies advanced on all fronts.

37:57 | Feb 8th, 2015

King Louis XVI was put on trial by the National Convention and executed Jan 21, 1793.

20:12 | Feb 1st, 2015

The National Convention voted unanimously to abolish the monarchy on Sept 21, 1792. Then they proceeded to go at each others throats.  Sponsor:

36:52 | Jan 26th, 2015

With the Allied armies approaching Paris, the sans-culottes broke into all the prisoners and slaughtered the inmates.

33:01 | Jan 19th, 2015

On Aug 10, 1792 the radical sections of Paris overthrew the monarchy. Store: Sponsor:

31:18 | Jan 12th, 2015

In April 1792 France declared war on Austria. Store:

34:16 | Dec 21st, 2014

The new Legislative Assembly convened in October 1791 and quickly put France on the path to war.  Fundraiser Store:

32:54 | Dec 15th, 2014

As the National Assembly drew to a close, the Triumvirate rose to power.

30:28 | Dec 8th, 2014

After the Flight to Varennes, populist agistators in Paris called for an end to the monarchy, leading to a bloody confrontation in July 1791. Coming Dec 14:

03:55 | Nov 25th, 2014

Would really like to get my hands on the salacious limericks the good Emperor composed while whacked on spice.

30:18 | Nov 24th, 2014

In June 1791 the royal family tried to escape from Paris, but they were busted while passing through Verennes.  Sponsor link:

32:56 | Nov 17th, 2014

After the Feast of the Federation, Revolutionary France was outwardly calm, but internally divided.

30:53 | Nov 10th, 2014

In the leadup to the great Fête de la Fédération, the Marquis de Lafayette and a group of liberal nobles began to direct the course of the Revolution.  0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false ...Show More

31:21 | Nov 3rd, 2014

After the move to Paris, radical delegates from the National Assembly formed a new political club to help push their agenda.

30:51 | Oct 27th, 2014

In October 1789 some angry houswives changed the course of the French Revolution.  Sponsor Link:

31:42 | Oct 19th, 2014

After the Night of August 4th, the National Assembly divided into new political factions.

30:56 | Oct 13th, 2014

After a wave of chaos spread across France, the National Assembly abolished feudalism on the night of Aug. 4, 1789.

31:34 | Oct 6th, 2014

On July 14, 1789 a mob of angry Parisians stormed the Bastille.

01:50 | Sep 29th, 2014

English, French and American Revolutions Tours! Spring 2015!

30:29 | Sep 22nd, 2014

On Day 2 of the Estates General, the Third Estate went on strike.  Sponsor link:

32:21 | Sep 15th, 2014

The debate over the coming Estates General awakened the political consciousness of the Third Estate. Also the weather was rotten.

26:22 | Sep 8th, 2014

The king's attempt to break the Parments in the summer of 1788 was was met by widespread resistence.

25:43 | Aug 17th, 2014

King Louis called the Assembly of Notables in early 1787 to approve a major fincancial reform package. But intead of rubber stamping the initiatives, the Notables scrutinized every detail.

26:53 | Aug 10th, 2014

Just as the financial situation was about to explode the monarchy was hit by a public relations nightmare.

27:18 | Aug 3rd, 2014

As power passed from Louis XV to Louis XVI, royal ministers attempted to implement reforms, but were thewarted at every turn.

28:17 | Jul 20th, 2014

The Ancien Regime was a mess in desperate need of reform.

27:12 | Jul 14th, 2014

The population of pre-Revolutionary France was divided into Three Estates: the Church, the Nobility and Everyone Else.

05:23 | Jul 14th, 2014

Tours. Episode Numbering. Money. Parlez-vous français?

03:44 | May 25th, 2014

Hang them on the wall of every classroom.

36:52 | May 25th, 2014

The ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights marks the end of the Revolutionary Era.

29:38 | May 18th, 2014

Between the end of the War of Independence and the Constitutional Convention the new United States was plagued by problems. The Articles of Confederation were not up to solving them.

27:28 | May 12th, 2014

As the newly independent United States trasitioned from war to peace, it was tripped up by the ineffective Articles of Confederation.

27:11 | May 4th, 2014

Lord Cornwallis was trapped in Yorktown in October 1781. His surrender ended the American War of Independence.

30:41 | Apr 27th, 2014

Despite the thrashing he gave Horatio Gates at the Battle of Camden, Lord Cornwallis found the Carolinas slipping out of his grasp.

26:59 | Apr 22nd, 20