Episode 45 “First Republic, Then Dictatorship?”

“I accuse you of having quite obviously set your sights on a position of supreme power.” As the Convention sits in September 1792, the new national legislature descends into factional chaos. Fears of tyranny dominate the body, and a schism in the Jacobin Club rocks the revolution across the entire nation. Amongst the quarrels, the

Interview Episode – Russian Rulers History Podcast & Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great is one of the most intriguing and consequential monarchs of the 18th century. Mark Schauss from the Russian Rulers History Podcast joins me for a wide-ranging interview on Catherine’s reign. In this episode, we discuss Catherine’s influential policies, politics, and wars, as well as her surprising ascent to the Russian throne. We

Episode Extra: Legalisation of Divorce in Revolutionary France

Explore the ground-breaking legalisation of divorce in September 1792. Its impacts were significant (there were more than 30,000 divorces in the years that followed!), and it would take almost 180 years for similar legislation to arrive in the United States and the United Kingdom! This 23+ minute Episode Extra is available exclusively for patrons of

Episode 44 “The National Convention”

The National Convention meets in Paris. Who were the deputies who lead France? What divided them? How accurate are the common perceptions of their politics? This episode explores the new national legislature and the factions which would dominate it. Gain early access, support the show, and access hours worth of exclusive bonus by sponsering the

Episode Extra: The Unmissable Battles of Valmy!

Historians consider the Battle of Valmy to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War, but a separate battle rages as to why. While some historians credit the revolution for a glorious victory, others couldn’t disagree more. Explore the details of the famous unmissable Battle of Valmy, as well as the numerous interpretations as to

Episode 43, “The Invasion of France”, is now live!

On the eve of the Invasion of France in August 1792, the courts of the First Coalition were maintaining an uneasy alliance. Events in Poland had reinforced the long-standing distrust between the courts of Berlin, Vienna, and St. Petersburg, and developments in the east would fundamentally alter the trajectory of the allies’ advance. This episode

BONUS EPISODE: The Corsican Revolution Part I

It’s time for the next Patron Bonus Episode! “The Corsican Revolution Part I” examines two thousand years of Corsican history! After covering the basics, we’ll explore how various empires and kingdoms left their mark on the island, and discuss how democratic and republican traditions were first established more than a thousand years ago. We’ll also

Joint Episode with History of the Papacy

How did the Revolution impact the Papacy, the Catholic Church, and regular priests? Where did the relationship between the revolutionaries and the Church go so wrong? How did the revolution fundamentally change the Papacy, resulting in its modern form? These are the questions explored in this fantastic episode with Steve Guerra from the History of

Behind the Scenes: The September Massacres

Come behind the scenes and see how Episodes 39 – 41 were made! This video for Patreon sponsors of the show explores the approach to the September Massacres, deleted scenes, additional thoughts, and new perspectives. It also discusses upcoming episodes on the Corsican Revolution and a collaboration with the History of the Papacy podcast! Not

Episode 41 “The September Massacres Part III”

How did the September Massacres change the character of the French Revolution? How did they alter the course and trajectory of the revolutionary project? How did average Parisians react to the gruesome events? These are the questions explored in the third and final part on the dark days of September 1792. Early Access on Patreon
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