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The Age of Napoleon Podcast

Dec 16, 2017

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 friends in the process.

Dec 1, 2017



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. Napoleon and his family flee Corsica.

Nov 23, 2017

Napoleon bungles his first test as a National Guard officer and bears witness to the revolution's darkest days



Nov 10, 2017

A short episode delving into the organization, equipment, and uniforms of Napoleonic foot-soldiers.

Oct 28, 2017

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.