The Age of Napoleon

The Age of Napoleon
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.
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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, but many others greet their conquerors with hostility and suspicion. Napoleon continues his requisitions and demands for tribute, angering an old friend as well as the locals. The officers of the still-ragged Army of Italy invest in jewel-encrusted watches.




Episode 27: The Legend of Lodi

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June 3, 2018 • 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...

| June 3, 2018

Episode 26: The Promised Land

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May 17, 2018 • We meet some of the leaders of the Army of Italy. The First Italian Campaign begins in dramatic fashion, with two weeks of lightning battles at Montenotte, Millesimo, Dego, Ceva,...

| May 17, 2018

Episode 25: Naked and Underfed

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April 27, 2018 • 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....

| April 27, 2018

Episode 24: To Destiny

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April 12, 2018 • 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...

| April 12, 2018

Epiode 23: Momentum

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March 25, 2018 • An update from the armies at the front: French success continues in the Netherlands, and the long-suffering Dutch radicals finally have their day. In the South, the republicans...

| March 25, 2018

Episode 22: The Man of Bronze

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March 8, 2018 • 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...

| March 8, 2018

Episode 21: Down and Out in Paris

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February 23, 2018 • 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...

| February 23, 2018

Episode 20: Thermidor

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January 31, 2018 • 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...

| January 31, 2018

Episode Nineteen: The Principles of Mountain Warfare

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January 19, 2018 • 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...

| January 19, 2018

Episode Eighteen: Vindication

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January 4, 2018 • 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...

| January 4, 2018

Episode Seventeen: A Nation in Arms

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December 15, 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....

| December 15, 2017

Episode Sixteen: Into the Storm

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November 30, 2017 • 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)...

| November 30, 2017

Episode Fifteen: the Mob

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November 22, 2017 • 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:...

| November 22, 2017

A Guide to the Infantry of the Napoleonic Era

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November 10, 2017 • A short episode delving into the organization, equipment, and uniforms of Napoleonic foot-soldiers....

| November 10, 2017

Episode Fourteen: The People’s Army

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October 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...

| October 28, 2017

Episode Thirteen: The Coriscan Gracchi

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October 21, 2017 • 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...

| October 21, 2017

Episode Twelve: Long Live the Fatherland

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October 11, 2017 • 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...

| October 11, 2017

Episode Eleven: Cadet Paille-au-nez

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September 27, 2017 • 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,'...

| September 27, 2017

Episode Ten: As the Fatherland Was Dying

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September 17, 2017 • the life and death of Carlo Bonaparte, Napoleon's childhood, Napoleon leaves home...

| September 17, 2017

Episode Nine: The Iron Soil of Corsica

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August 30, 2017 • Napoleon's roots. Topics include: vendettas, the Corsican War of Independence, Napoleon's hero- Pasquale Paoli, and James Boswell's Corsica cosplay...

| August 30, 2017

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