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25 November 2015


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Arthur S.

I am a little disturbed by the description of the Champs de Massacre. Apparently the fact that "only 50" died and most of the dead are radicals (actually they were civilian protestors rather than radicals, the radicals survived) is evidence that the pre-1792 Revolution was more "moderate" than the ones later. It's only bloody if radicals do the killing?

Brian Murphy

Arthur, I think that's a pretty disingenuous interpretations of what Mike said. The "massacre" of the Champs de Mars was terrible - like any event where human beings perish violently - but yes, only 50. Only. Because we're talking about one event in the context of the French Revolution, which included events like the Great Terror. Where, you know, a lot more than 50 people died. Thus "only" - for the purposes of context, not diminishment.

Quite Likely

I may have missed it, what is the schedule for updates now?


The massacre at the champ de Mars was downright quaint compared to the horror of, say, the republican marriages. Which I think was the point.


This has been a great series, before the start of it my only understanding of the Revolution was angry peasants > fall of Bastille > King immediately executed > war immediately declared > napoleon wins it for the French. I am very glad to say that is no longer my view of the timeline. Thank you for banishing my ignorance Mike, can't wait to here about Haiti

Arthur S.

My problem isn't about casualties but the description that it was minor because it was radicals dying (and they were not radicals but citizens) and the government was shooting them, as opposed to violence done by radicals on the government.

Arthur S.

Anyway, I am sorry if that comment was rude, it was just a tiny problem I had with that description. I otherwise like the podcast (and History of Rome) a lot. So I didn't want to start any comment battle here or anything.

Paul Lund

As ever with your work, I understand more about these events than I ever expected to. Complexity - the odd way key individuals and incidents, together with popular movements, shape events (then as now) are fascinating. Great work.

Many thanks

Danny K.

That was an excellent summary and analysis. Enjoyed it a lot. Thanks.


I'm ashamed to say as a history major my knowledge of the French Revolution was only PowerPoint deep until now. The whole episode speaks volumes about everything on both sides of the political spectrum that came after. I can't wait to hear the Haitian Revolution eps.

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