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.
With the war over, France was finally becoming prosperous again. Napoleon contemplated what this would mean for his regime as he worked to reform the country. In many ways, the Consulate was a golden age, but war with Britain was already looming on the horizon once again.
Episode 71: The Spoiled Child of Victory
France welcomes the Catholic Church back to the country in grand style, but the Concordat complicated Napoleon's relationship with staunch republicans in the army leadership.
Episode 70: Concord
Napoleon finally had his deal with the Vatican, but how would the Concordat of 1801 change France?
Episode 69: God Save the Republic
Napoleon continues his attempts to reconcile with conservatives. He finally manages to bring the Vatican to the negotiating table for an historic agreement.
Episode 68: The Eagle and the Owls
Napoleon wanted to bring social harmony to France, but to do that, he needed to resolve the bitter conflict between the Catholic Church and the revolution.
Episode 67: Resistance is Pointless
A conclusion to our discussion of the Napoleonic Code.
Episode 66: Master of France
Bonaparte finally takes the last legal step towards dictatorship, and we begin a discussion of his most important legacy: the Napoleonic Code.
Episode 65: The Blank Slate
The Treaty of Amiens is greeted with celebrations around the world. With peace, Napoleon prepares to embark on an ambitious program of reform.
Episode 64: The Last Treaty
After 8 years of war, Britain and France were finally on the road to peace.
Episode 63: Definitive Peace
After their defeat at Hohenlinden, the Austrians return to the negotiating table, resulting in a treaty that threw the entire future of the Holy Roman Empire into doubt.
Episode 62; The World Stage
The War of the 2nd Coalition is winding down, but peace proves elusive.
Episode 61: Triumph and Temptation
Horatio Nelson continues to build his reputation as one of the most brilliant sailors of the age.
Episode 60: Do Much or Be Ruined
With the outbreak of war, Nelson vows to either make his career or destroy himself in the effort.
Episode 59: That Great Little Man
We examine the early career of Horatio Nelson, one of Napoleon's ablest and most implacable opponents.
Episode 58: Stalemate
Austria drops out of the war, leaving Britain to continue the struggle against France alone.
Episode 57: The Infernal Machine
After Marengo, Napoleon's secret police did battle with violent radicals in the political underground.
Episode 56: The Fruits of Victory
Does the Battle of Marengo deserve its reputation as one of Napoleon's greatest victories?
Episode 55: The Promise
Napoleon marches against the Austrians yet again, with the future of his new regime hanging in the balance. What followed was one of the most dramatic and consequential campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars, culminating in the first great battle of the 19th century: Marengo.
Episode 54: The New Covenant
Napoleon outmaneuvers his rivals and secures his position as dictator of France with an undemocratic referendum.
Episode 53: Marx and the Coup with Matt Christman
Matt Christman returns for a conversation about the significance of 18 Brumaire.
Episode 52: The Morning After
We examine the aftermath and significance of the Coup of 18 Brumaire.
Episode 51: The Sword of Brumaire
Napoleon makes his triumphal return to France and joins a coup plot that will culminate in his rise to power.
Episode 50: Egypt Epilogue with Derek Davison
Derek Davison returns to discuss Middle Eastern history in the wake of the French Expedition.
Episode 49: Meanwhile, in Europe
While Napoleon was away in Egypt, the revolution faced new struggles in Europe.
Episode 48: Leaving Egypt
Murat's cavalry secure another crushing victory over the Mamelukes, but news from France leads Napoleon to abandon the expedition
Episode 47: A Spectacle of Death
With the dream of an eastern empire collapsing, Bonaparte launches an invasion of Syria.
Episode 46: The End of Illusion
The expedition's bad luck continues. The people of Egypt finally reach their breaking point.
Episode 45: In Debt with Zachary Stoltzfus
A conversation about debt and property in revolutionary and Napoleonic France
Episode 44: Ali Bonaparte
Relations between France and other great powers deteriorate. The Army of the Orient occupies Cairo, and the French immediately run into difficulties governing.
Episode 43: Brave Despair
The British Mediterranean Fleet under Horatio Nelson spends months chasing the naval component of the Egypt Expedition. They finally catch the French at Aboukir Bay and fight the decisive Battle of the Nile.
Episode 42: The Scorched Plains
The Army of the Orient pushes deeper into Egypt and learns painful lessons about life and death in the desert.
Episode 41: To the Land of the Gods
The Army of the Orient sets sail. They make a brief stop in Malta before landing in Egypt and marching on Alexandria.
Episode 40: Davison Pasha
A conversation with Derek Davison about the state of the Middle East in 1798
Episode 39: East and West
Napoleon cajoles the Austrians into signing a peace treaty and plans to invade Egypt.
Episode 38: The Kansas Campaign
A special interview with military historians Dr. Mark Gerges, Dr. Jonathan Abel, and Dr. John Kuehn
Episode 37: Breaking the Pendulum
While Napoleon fought in Italy, French politics oscillated dangerously between left and right. Finally, a fraught election and divisions within the Directory tore the system apart.
Episode 36: Questions and Answers
We answer listener questions on topics ranging from the organization of the revolutionary armies to pop culture to alternate history hypotheticals.
Episode 35: King of Italy
Bonaparte returns to Italy after Leoben, and is already coming into his own as a political figure.
Episode 34: The Road to Leoben
The First Italian Campaign reaches its less-than-dramatic conclusion with Napoleon's invasion of Austria.
Episode 33: The Final Effort
With the Mantua garrison on the brink of starvation, the Austrians under Alvinczy launch one last relief attempt.
Episode 32: The Fate of Italy
Napoleon faces a new opponent, who gives the Army of Italy their toughest fight of the campaign so far.
Episode 31: The Walls of Mantua
The Army of Italy pushes north to support a French offensive in Germany, but finds Wurmser already back on the march, leading to a major battle at Bassano and a frantic race down from the Alps
Episode 30: Risk and Reward
The Army of Italy faces off against Field Marshal Wurmser, and finds itself in its toughest fight of the campaign so far. Bonaparte takes some calculated risks to even the odds.
Episode 29: To the Victor Go the Spoils
The Army of Italy beats Beaulieu one last time, then takes a lucrative detour south and confronts the Pope. Napoleon and Josephine are finally reunited...
Episode 28: The Liberation of Lombardy
Napoleon finally enters Milan. The French conquest has divided Lombardy-- radicals are eager to follow the example of the revolution
Episode 27: The Legend of Lodi
The First Italian Campaign continues. Napoleon outfoxes the Austrians and takes Milan. The Army of Italy fights a famous battle at Lodi, which probably does not deserve its legendary reputation. We also take a look at Napoleon's propaganda machine.
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.
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.
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.
Epiode 23: Momentum
An update from the front lines, and Napoleon enjoys his success.
Episode 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
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...
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...
Episode Nineteen: The Principles of Mountain Wa...
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...
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.
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...
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....
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
A Guide to the Infantry of the Napoleonic Era
A short episode delving into the organization, equipment, and uniforms of Napoleonic foot-soldiers.
Episode 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.
Episode 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...
Episode 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...
Episode 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...
Episode Ten: As the Fatherland Was Dying
the life and death of Carlo Bonaparte, Napoleon's childhood, Napoleon leaves home
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
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
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Bonus Episode: The 28th Messidor of Matt Christman
A discussion on Karl Marx's '18 Brumaire of Louis…
Episode Eight: Fracture
French society begins to fracture as the Revoluti…
Episode Seven: The Undesired
The road to the French Revolution. The Bastille, …
Episode Six: The King's Army
Topics include: military life in the 18th century…
Episode 5.5: The Doomed Regime
Rounding out the discussion of 18th century Franc…
Episode Five: The Setting Sun
topics include Louis XIV and his disastrous succe…
Episode Four: Nemesis
Great Britain in the Eighteenth century. Politics…
Episode Three: Eastern Ambitions
Topics include: the Habsburgs, the Holy Roman Emp…
Episode 2.5: The Advances of Dr. Struensee
Bonus mini-episode with a show announcement and a…
Episode Two: Enlightenment and Tyranny
Topics include: The Enlightenment, absolute monar…
Episode One: The Basics
Episode one of a history podcast about the Napole…