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One last look back at the pile of severed heads. Direct Link: 3.55- The Retrospective Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Revolutions
I wrote a response to Niall Ferguson's op-ed comparing the recent terrorist attack in Paris to the Gothic sack of Rome in 410. Needless to say I think he's wildly off base: Enjoy. See you soon... Mike Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Revolutions
This is a real thing that is actually happening: Direct Link: Special Announcement: Mike Duncan Inks a Books Deal Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2015 at Revolutions
Napoleon conquered Europe. Then he got beat and the Bourbons came back. Direct Link: 3.54- The Empire Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Revolutions
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. Direct Link: 3.53- The Consulate Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Revolutions
And his name is Napoleon Bonaparte. Direct Link: 3.52- There is Your Man Sponsor Link: Me on Twitter: [Update: In this weeks Lynda ad I asked for user experience feedback to see how people were using the service. This was meant to be in the same vein as asking for Audible book recommendations, but it went too far toward soliciting straight-up product testimonials. So I've taken it out. Reverse thrusters, replot course, full speed ahead. --Mike] Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at Revolutions
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. Direct Link: 3.51- The Coup of Prairial Hey look I'm on Twitter: Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at Revolutions
While Bonaparte was off trying to conquer Egypt, the rest of Europe mobilized against France. Direct Link: 3.50- The Second Coalition Sponsor Link: Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2015 at Revolutions
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 Aug 30, 2015 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: 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: Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Revolutions
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! or Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Revolutions
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
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. 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