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24 June 2018


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Jonathan Sigurdson

Love your podcast.

I would like a make a comment on this episode and a suggestion.

The comment is that you missed a key component of "The Bloody Week". I found this event in the book The French Century by Brian Moynahan. It talks about a Marquis de Gallifet, a Versailles commander who stormed into the Faubourg Saint-Antoine. Which was the heartland of the Commune apparently. He had his mistress at his side, twirling his mustache like a bad guy committing war crimes. Pointing out who lives and who dies. The capper is his imfamous quote: "I am Galliffet. You people of Montmartre may think me cruel, but I am more cruel than you can imagine." That right there embodies the bloddy reprisals by Versailles troops.

That being said, you did a tremendous job with your podcast, and I wish you and family success on your move to Paris.

To my suggestion, you maybe should do a supplemental, hey remember those!!! Specifically on the third republic struggles with the royalists. 1 royalist group was the Comte de Chambord, grandson of Charles X. The other side was the Comte de Paris, Louis Phillipe's grandson. Just a suggestion. Ultimately, according to William L Shirer's book Collapse of the Third Republic, the republic would ultimately win. Just by one vote though.

Thanks for all your hard work and keeping me sane during my workday. Good Luck on your move!!!!

Jonathan Sigurdson

Excuse for my bad spelling!!!

Denis Nardin

Fantastic episode! The whole series, really, but this episode was really great.

I am excited about the upcoming Mexican Revolution. Do you have a rough timeline for when it will start? In the meantime this miniseries conviced me to read L'Insurgé by Jules Vallès...

Do you plan to organize any kind of event in Paris in the future? Good luck with the book and of course enjoy your stay in the City!

Regarding "the Butcher of the Commune", while his wikipedia page somewhat supports that he was the author of some summary executions (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaston_de_Galliffet#Le_%C2%AB_Massacreur_de_la_Commune_%C2%BB), I am quite skeptical that he called the people of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine "you people of Montmartre", because Monmartre is nowhere near the Faubourg St. Antoine (and I should know: I live in the 11éme)


So after something between a quarter and half a year I now finally catched up and have listened to all of the History of Rome and Revolutions Podcast Episodes …

Now I have to wait between Episodes too :(

But I'm looking forward to many more Episodes …
And who knows. Maybe even a Tour at some point?

And … Welcome in Europe :D

(And now let's see if I can get the book and/or some bonus Episodes…)


At last Louise Michel! Thanks! Can’t really have a telling of the Paris Commune without her.

George O.


I feel you’re pain, once you catch up to real-time after binging you’re way through the backlog of podcasts the waiting feels like an eternity!

To fill the weight might I suggest some other great history podcasts?
In no particular order:

The History of England
The History of Byzantium
The History of Egypt
The Ancient World
Russian Rulers History Podcast
The History of Ancient Greece
The Age of Napoleon Podcast
The History of English Podcast
Tides of History
The Fall of Rome Podcast
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Wittenberg to Westphalia
The Maritime History Podcast

Also, if you have an audible subscription (or sign up for be free trial), I HIGHLY recommend purchasing Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” (the version with Charlton Griffin as narrator, from Audio Connisuer). You get the full unabridged audiobook of all 6 volumes, totaling ~120 hrs, for just one credit. Don’t let the fact Gobbon wrote c. 1776 scare you away, much of his work is still consider very accurate and his prose is some of the best in the English language. Gibbon’s put downs are some of the best out there and he frequently made me laugh.

Hope these suggestions help tide you over!

Roy Hasson

This link would be interesting to anyone listening to this episode.
It shows maps of Paris with the barricades, new boulevards and the progress of the army into the city



Since the "corridos" songs were so popular during the Mexican Revolution and so many famous songs were composed back then, it could be a nice idea to include some at the end of each episode...

Adelita, La Cucaracha, Las Soldaderas, El Siete Leguas, El Espectro de Zapata, etc.

Plenty to choose from, and some actually narrate events of the revolution

Ron Sparks

What a grim tale! It appears that the Franco-Prussian war and the events associated with it did provide a preview for the 20th century. Many thanks for filling in some big gaps in my knowledge of European history.


Is there any update about the fundraiser t-shirts?

Elena Ivanova

Among other foreign revolutionaries a number of russians took part in Commune (in soviet school we studied some of their names). The most important is, that such a giant as PIOTR LAVROV [lav'rof] ("Peter Lavroff"), great socialist, great revolutionary, friend of Marx, biggest figure in russian soc rev movement XIX, personally paricipated in Paris events in March-April. In April he was sent to Belgium & London to organize solidarity campaign.
Even Lenin, in spite of his wooden "marxist" dogmatism, had to acknowledge that Lavrov's history of Paris Commune ("18 marta 1871", Geneva, 1880) is the best one - of course after Marx's "Civil War in France" :) Sorry, I don't know, whether Lavrov's book was translated to other languages.
Plus: Polish Reds — like Jarosław Dąbrowski, ex-officer of russian General Staff — were since 1850s intimately connected with Russian Reds. It was the same milieu. (Unlike Polish Whites, of course.)
Quantum leap in russian rev movement early 1870s (number of paricipants, activity) is related with Commune: socialist revolution is real thing!
Thank you, Mike Duncan!!! ¡Hasta hermanos Flores Magón y Francisco Madero!
Elena Ivanova (ex-USSR)


thanks so much for Wittenberg to Westphalia!

George O.

@PrestoVivace happy you like it!

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