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09 November 2014


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Great episode as always. But I wonder if we know what Marie Antoinette was thinking about all this idea of a People's King etc etc?


So here we are, roughly at the point where the previous two Revolutions ended (by Episode count). I know we started with the idea that this was going to be an "order of magnitude" larger, but where are we roughly? Half way, three quarters? I'm not complaining, it's really good stuff, just interested where in the narrative we roughly since it sounds like things could have entered the falling action here. The conservatives sound unhappy, the radicals sound unhappy, but everyone else sound more or less ok. However, with the Reign of Terror still to come, it's clear this must simply be a false peak in the narrative.

Dave in Hannibal Mo

You left off with the comment on how the other Europeans were looking at the happenings in France, which, in short is some version of a sadistic glee. However, what about the Americans? I mean were they ecstatic because hey liberty and democracy is spreading like wildfire or was it more like oh crap our primary ally against the English and well the raft of the world has just gone tits up? Just wondering since after they used Jeffersons living room like a hundred episodes ago the Americans have been conspicuously absent from you know nation building and stuff.


I went through the History of Rome well after you finished it. Listening to this podcast is kind of frustrating; I want to binge-listen, Netflix style.

Remy Demarest

Great episode as usual. I had to catch up to everything about the french revolution last week. I'm a bit sad about your pronunciation of french names that needs some work. :(

For example, final e, es, without accents and, s, p, d, t, x and z are almost always mute "champ" and "chant" are pronounced the same way, "Grenoble" is pronounced "Grenobl", also "lieu" (as in Richelieu) is pronounced basically like "lee-uh" (don't insist on the ee part) and not "lee-oo" like you said.

Otherwise, awesome podcast.

Miriam Rosenblatt

Okay, I'm going to confess that I listen to these podcasts while knitting. And yes, I will continue to knit when Mike Duncan gets to the Reign of Terror.
The podcast is truly one of the best out there!


While I'm not sure how the Americans felt about the French right at that moment (1790), based on our later foreign policy the Federalists were very anti-French. The 1795 Jay Treaty sanded away a lot of the British-American friction points, not exactly a pro-French maneuver. By then, the British-French conflict was one the the polarizing issues between the Adams Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans. Jefferson supported the French revolutionaries and was against the Jay Treaty. When the Adams administration came in, American-French relations simmered at semi-hostile, going so far as an undeclared naval war after the XYZ Affair (special guest star: French Foreign Minister Talleyrand). So John Adams: not a fan.


Just to say thanks, Mike. Keep up the fantastic work.

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