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Grey History: The French Revolution
81 minutes | 2 days ago
1.29 Foreigners in the French Army
An interview with Historian Christopher Tozzi on the experience of foreign soldiers in the French Revolutionary Army. Focusing initially on the experience of foreign troops during the Old Regime, this episode also covers the hostile treatment of non-citizen soldiers during the revolutionary era. In addition to discussing Swiss, German and Irish soldiers, the interview also explores the experiences of American, Black and Jewish soldiers in the french revolutionary wars.Support the show and gain access to a range of bonus content:https://www.patreon.com/greyhistoryFor more information on Dr Tozzi’s work:Books- Nationalizing France's Army: Foreign, Black and Jewish Troops in the French Military, 1715-1831 (University of Virginia Press, 2016). Manuscript awarded 2014 Walker Cowen Memorial Prize.- For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open-Source Software Revolution (MIT Press, 2017).- “Revolutionary until the Peace”: War and Political Culture in France, 1789-1815. In progress. Articles- “Soldiers without a Country: Foreign Veterans in the Transition from Empire to Restoration,” The Journal of Military History 80, no. 1 (2016): 93-120.- “Les troupes étrangères, l'idéologie révolutionnaire et l'état sous l'Assemblée constituante,” Histoire, économie & société 33, no. 3 (2014): 52-65. Commissioned article for a special edition of the journal on “Les premières années de la Révolution française,” ed. Rafe Blaufarb and Michel Figeac.- “Jews, Soldiering and Citizenship in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France,” The Journal of Modern History 85, no. 2 (2014): 233-257.- “Between Two Republics: American Military Volunteers in Revolutionary France,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 39 (2013): 166-176.
79 minutes | 2 months ago
1.26 The Brissotins and the Montagnards
Civil war erupts within the Jacobin Club as Brissot and Robespierre denounce each other's solutions to the nation's woes. Diplomatic and ministerial crises finally trigger conflict between France and Austria in April 1792. Support the show:https://www.patreon.com/greyhistoryFollow the show:https://www.facebook.com/greyhistorypodcasts/
78 minutes | 3 months ago
1.25 The Road to War
European monarchs threatened war and Jacobin deputies embraced the challenge. A strange alliance is forged between the Brissotins and the Court as the nation prepares for conflict, while the offical justifications for war hid more sinister motivations.Maps of the Holy Roman Empire:http://greyhistory.com/maps-of-the-holy-roman-empire/Support the show:https://www.patreon.com/greyhistoryFollow on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/greyhistorypodcasts
70 minutes | 5 months ago
1.24 The Legislative Assembly
New assembly, new problems. As the Legislative Assembly gathers in Paris in October 1791, a new generation of revolutionaries are forced to confront a multitude of threats. The solutions embraced by the deputies were both dramatic controversial.Support the show:https://www.patreon.com/greyhistoryFollow on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/greyhistorypodcasts
53 minutes | 6 months ago
1.23 The Constitution of 1791
With the democrats on the run, the newly established Feuillant Club had an opportunity to revise the constitution and cement its power. King Louis XVI accepts the Constitution of 1791, but historians and contemporaries alike criticise the document for possessing countless flaws. Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/greyhistoryFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/greyhistorypodcasts/
56 minutes | 7 months ago
1.22 The Tricolour Terror
King fled. Captured Instead. Trouble Ahead. With the nation shocked by the King's attempted escape, public debate erupted over the future of both the monarch and the monarchy. Unfortunately for the revolutionary left, these divisive debates resulted in bloodshed and repression. Who should be blamed for the Champ de Mars Massacre, and how successful was the Tricolour Terror it unleashed?Support the show:https://www.patreon.com/greyhistoryFollow on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/greyhistorypodcasts
6 minutes | 7 months ago
Show Update April 2020
When will season one end? What will be the topic of season two? How can you access Grey History's new bonus content, including Episode Extras, Stand Alone Episodes and Mini-Series? This is the update that answers it all (sort of).Support the show on Patreon for as little as $1 an episode, and gain access to exclusive bonus content:https://www.patreon.com/greyhistoryFollow the show on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/greyhistorypodcasts/
58 minutes | 7 months ago
1.21 Run Louis Run
The King escapes Paris in the famous Flight to Varennes. As the revolution was devoured by the left and the right, what was the true catalyst for Louis' decision to flee? What prevented the daring escape from succeeding? Maps of the Flight to Varennes:www.greyhistory.com/maps-of-the-flight-to-varennes/Support the Show on Patreon:www.patreon.com/greyhistoryFacebook Page:www.facebook.com/greyhistorypodcasts
55 minutes | 8 months ago
1.20 Death of the Aristocracy
As religious divisions threaten the peace, the Assembly makes an enemy of France's warrior class. Mirabeau, seeking to save the revolution from its increasing radicalism, enters into secret dealings with the court. Were his actions justified?Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/greyhistorypodcastsPatreon:https://www.patreon.com/greyhistory
50 minutes | 8 months ago
1.19 A Holy War Begins
The Catholic Church becomes the revolution's most tenacious and ferocious foe. The Civil Constitution of the Clergy forces the nation to choose between revolution and religion. Was this conflict inevitable, or did the revolutionaries simply make a terrible mistake?
54 minutes | 9 months ago
1.18 A Popular Revolution
A popular, revolutionary sentiment sweeps across the nation. To express support for this new nationalism, the French people create a whole host of new ceremonies and customs. But do these traditions truly represent national unity?Check out illustration of liberty trees, federations and Phrygian caps here:http://greyhistory.com/symbols-and-ceremonies-of-the-revolution-of-1789/
57 minutes | 9 months ago
1.17 Rivals for Power
The Assembly's authority was being challenged by a variety of revolutionary actors both inside and outside of Paris. Attempting to command greater authority, the Assembly introduced sweeping administrative and judicial reforms.
51 minutes | 10 months ago
1.16 Clubbing in Paris
Division and disunity grip the Assembly. As factions, societies and clubs begin to dominate the political landscape, the Assembly finds itself embroiled in divisive debates concerning universal male suffrage and martial law.
52 minutes | 10 months ago
1.15 The October Days
A great revolt consumes Paris. It almost consumes the monarchy itself. The success of the royal veto and the King's refusal to sign the revolutionary decrees of August combine with a number of factors to bring about a popular revolt.... supposedly.
53 minutes | 10 months ago
1.14 Decrees and Declarations
The Great Fear was followed by great achievements. In an effort to tame the peasant uprisings, the deputies attacked feudalism as well. The rights of man were declared to consolidate the revolution, and the role of the King in society became a central debate.
50 minutes | a year ago
1.13 The Great Fear
'The Great Fear' focuses on France's slide into anarchy. Fear and paranoia drive the populace to take up arms, and a municipal revolution occurs. When the forces of counter-revolution fail to take their revenge on the people, the peasants take theirs instead.
40 minutes | a year ago
1.12 The Storming of the Bastille
Episode 12, 'The Storming of the Bastille', examines the famous storming of the Bastille, the creation of Paris’ new municipal government by the Electors, and the symbolism of the Bastille both before and after its fall.
42 minutes | a year ago
1.11 The Parisian Powder Keg
Episode 11, 'The Parisian Powder Keg', details the events in Paris as Necker is dismissed from the ministry on July 11 1789 and a counter-revolutionary coup is commenced by the King and his allies. This episode examines how the effects of hunger, freedom of the press and rumoured conspiracy impacted Paris’ willingness to revolt, as well as the actions undertaken by various social classes within the city to protect themselves against numerous enemies (counter-revolutionary or otherwise).
46 minutes | a year ago
1.10 The National Assembly
Episode 10, 'The National Assembly', explores how the Estates General transforms itself into the National Assembly, how the dramatic Tennis Court Oath is undertaken, and how the Court responds to the renegade Third Estate.
45 minutes | a year ago
1.09 The Estates General
Episode 9, 'The Estates General', examines the events that unfold once the Estates General meets at Versailles on 5 May 1789. The episode also explores the impact of food scarcity on the French nation and its bloody consequences.
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