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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 5 days ago 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
In October 1793 the Reign of Terror got started with the executions of Marie Antoinette and the Girondins. Direct Link: 3.34- Saturn's Children Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Revolutions
In the fall of 1793, the French Republic started to gain traction against its enemies. Setting up the stage for the Reign of Terror. Direct Link: 3.33- The Geography of Terror sponsor: lynda.com/revolutions Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Revolutions
In the summer of 1793 a re-organized Committee of Public Safety began to consolidate power. Direct Link: 3.32- The Committee of Public Safety Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Revolutions
In the summer of 1793 the Revolutionaries in Paris were besieged from all sides. Direct Link: 3.31- The Man of Blood Part Deux Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Revolutions
Question Time! Direct Link: 3.30- The 250th Episode Sponsor Link: lynda.com/revolutions Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Revolutions
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On May 31-June 2, 1793 Paris once again rose in armed insurrection against the national government. Direct Link: 3.29- The Purge of the Girondins Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Revolutions
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In the spring of 1793 revolts against Paris started erupting all over France. Direct Link: 3.28- Provincial Revolt Sponsor: lynda.com/revolutions Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Revolutions
After the Battle of Valmy the French armies advanced on all fronts. Direct Link: 3.27- Advance and Retreat Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Revolutions
King Louis XVI was put on trial by the National Convention and executed Jan 21, 1793. Direct Link: 3.26- The Trial of Louis XVI Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Revolutions
The National Convention voted unanimously to abolish the monarchy on Sept 21, 1792. Then they proceeded to go at each others throats. Direct Link: 3.25- The National Convention Sponsor: lynda.com/revolutions Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Revolutions