The Age of Napoleon Podcast
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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.
||Episode 26: The Promised Land||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.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpiode 23: Momentum||An update from the front lines, and Napoleon enjoys his success.||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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..||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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...||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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...||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||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....||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||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/ageofapoleon||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||A Guide to the Infantry of the Napoleonic Era||A short episode delving into the organization, equipment, and uniforms of Napoleonic foot-soldiers.||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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.||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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...||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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...||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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..||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Ten: As the Fatherland Was Dying||the life and death of Carlo Bonaparte, Napoleon's childhood, Napoleon leaves home||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||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||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bonus Episode: Robespierre||The last of the bonus shows: Maximilien Robespierre, his career, character, and legacy, with a special focus on his role in The Terror. Find out why he was the Serpico of the Revolution||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bonus Episode||Bonus Episode by The Age of Napoleon Podcast||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bonus Episode: The 28th Messidor of Matt Christman||A discussion on Karl Marx's '18 Brumaire of Louis…||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode Eight: Fracture||French society begins to fracture as the Revoluti…||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode Seven: The Undesired||The road to the French Revolution. The Bastille, …||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode Six: The King's Army||Topics include: military life in the 18th century…||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 5.5: The Doomed Regime||Rounding out the discussion of 18th century Franc…||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode Five: The Setting Sun||topics include Louis XIV and his disastrous succe…||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode Four: Nemesis||Great Britain in the Eighteenth century. Politics…||5/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode Three: Eastern Ambitions||Topics include: the Habsburgs, the Holy Roman Emp…||4/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 2.5: The Advances of Dr. Struensee||Bonus mini-episode with a show announcement and a…||4/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode Two: Enlightenment and Tyranny||Topics include: The Enlightenment, absolute monar…||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode One: The Basics||Episode one of a history podcast about the Napole…||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Well done & a good listen
Informative, well-paced, interesting podcast about a figure largely neglected in american histories. excited for more!
Good listening for non-Europeans
It's unreal how much of an impact Napoleon had on the history of Europe and European colonies. Having only the most cursory knowledge of napoleon's story seems this seems like a disservice to history the more this podcast fleshes him out. While still an early podcast this is very listenable and gives just enough back story to help you understand certain events.
This is a great show and a fascinating look back into one of the most interesting eras in history. The narration is really good and makes the show all the more enjoyable. I always look forward to it in my feed.