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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. Direct Link: 3.49- The Egyptian Expedition Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Revolutions
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. Direct Link: 3.48- The Coup of Floreal Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Revolutions
After Fructidor the Directory cracked down on the conservatives. They also created more sister republicans to systematically loot. Direct Link: 3.47- The Directorial Terror Sponsor Link: http://lynda.com/revolutions Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Revolutions
After taking a drubbing in the elections Year V, the Directory decided to just annul the results. Direct Link: 3.46- The Coup of Fructidor Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Revolutions
Bonaparte almost gets beat! But then he doesn't. Also don't invade Ireland in December. Direct Link: 3.45- The Fall of Mantua Sponsor Link: http://lynda.com/revolutions. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Revolutions
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Control the central position. Move on the rear. Live off the land. Direct Link: 3.44- The War Feeds Itself Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Revolutions
The famous oh shit I'm screwed letter. Burgoyne finally received it on Aug. 3 and refused to reveal the contents to his staff.
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The adventures of everyone's favorite proto-communist. Direct Link: 3.43- The Conspiracy of Equals Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Revolutions
Washington! http://www.10usp.com/ or https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/10-american-presidents-podcast/id958858173?mt=2 Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Revolutions
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When the Thermidorean Convention introduced the Constitution of Year III, the political Right went a little nuts. Direct Link: 3.42- The Whiff of Grapeshot Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Revolutions
That's the slogan that rallied the last remnents of the sans culottes to action...right before they got crushed by the Thermidorean Convention. Direct Link: 3.41- Bread and the Constitution of 1793 Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Revolutions
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The terrible winter of 1794-95 helped France push back all her enemies. Also...Poland! Direct Link: 3.40- The Frozen Rivers Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Revolutions
After the events of 9 Thermidor, the Revolution began to swing back to the right. Direct Link: 3.39- The Death of the Jacobins Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Revolutions
Promoting A fundraising drive spearheaded by Scott Chesworth at the Ancient World podcast to help preseve Syria's massively important cultural treasures. Direct Link to the Pitch: Help Scott Help Syria. Link to The Ancient World for all the Details. Link to the Syrian Heritage Initiative Link to Scott's fundraising page for the International Rescue Committee Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Revolutions
The events of 9 Thermidor II brought Act I of the French Revolution to a gruesome end. Direct Link: 3.38- Thermidor Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Revolutions
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. Direct Link: 3.37- The Republic of Virtue Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Revolutions
Yes I've been watching the situation in Palmyra unfold with mounting dread. Over the weekend Reuters asked me to write an article giving the historical background of the city--specifically when it was rich and powerful enough to take a stab at annexing the Eastern Roman Empire. http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/25/when-palmyra-rivaled-the-roman-empire/ Of course we all know that Zenobia ran smack dab into Aurelian and the project failed, but still it's an amazing story from one of my favorite periods in Roman history. If IS destroys Palmyra I will be heartbroken. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Revolutions
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In the spring of 1794, the Revolution devoured a few of her most beloved children. Direct Link: 3.36- The Liquidation Process Sponsor Link: lynda.com/revolutions Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at Revolutions
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Started out in Boston at Paul Revere's House: Site of the Boston Massacre in front of the Old State House: Actual tea from the Boston Tea Party. No joke. A bunch of it got in one guys' boots and he intentionally saved some it for posterity: Revolutions crossover. Original van Dyck portrait of Charles I inside the Old State House. On loan from her majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The guide said I was the only person who ever asked her about it: Grave of John Hanock in Granary Burying Ground. Also in there were Samuel Adams, James Otis, Paul Revere, and the victims of the Boston Massacre. Boston Tea Party. Now a farce of a tourist trap...so we skipped it! This picture is taken from the perfectly lovely Harbor Cruise we did instead. On Lexington Green: At the Clark House in Lexington. This is the house Hancock and Adams were staying at when Revere came along and told them to clear out. Behind me is the door to the cellar Hancock's servant would have gone through when they sent him back for the fine specimen of salmon: The drum used to muster the guys out of the Buckman Tavern after a scout showed up and said holy crap you guys the Regulars are actually on the way: Inside the Monroe Tavern in Lexington, which the British used as a field hospital during the fighting on April 18. After Independence was won President George Washington went on a tour of New... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Revolutions
At the end of 1793, the Committee of Public Safety completed it's consolidation of power. Direct Link: 3.35- The Law of 14 Frimaire Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Revolutions
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In Parliament with John Hampden: The spot where Charles I stood during his trial and refused to enter a plea. Uh...what do we do now, sir?: First edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. On a random shelf in the British Museum: From an exhibition of Napoleanic-era political cartoons at the British Museum. Yes, that is Napoleon farting the French fleet across the Channel: The converted Manor House we stayed at outside Stratford-Upon-Avon. It was as nice as it looks: The American Oak planted at Fort Royal Park in Worcester, commemorating the time John Adams yelled at the locals for not caring about the spot where men once fought for liberty: In the underground of Yorkminster Cathedral in York which was built on the site of the old Roman legionary barracks. This column is in the spot where the banqueting hall would have been...where they are pretty sure Constantine was first declared Emperor by his men. Onto Paris!. Right in front of the Champ de Mars, site of the Fete de la Federation and (duh) the Massacre of the Champ de Mars. There is also a tourist trap in the background. The Revolution never dies. This is the badge worn by our guide as a part of a running protest against government budget cuts. That's Mona Lisa wearing the Phrygian Liberty Cap and Tricolor Cockade: The foundations of the Bastille in the Paris metro: Inside the Picpus Cementary, site of one of the two mass burial grounds... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Revolutions
Do not get into a popularity contest with George Washington Direct Link: 3.34c- Citizen Genet Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Revolutions
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In the north cloister of Westminster Abbey. That's tour member and permanent friend-of-the-show Andrew on the left. It was fun explaining to the two old vicars at Westminster who helped locate the marker who Burgoyne was. They were like: "well there he is...who on earth was he?" Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Revolutions
In Oct 1793 the French Revolution took a stab at reforming time itself. Direct Link: 3.34a- The Republican Calendar Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Revolutions
Marie Antoinette thought he was behind EVERYTHING Direct Link: 3.34b- Phillippe Egalite Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Revolutions