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12 May 2019


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I started listening to the HoR about three years back, and, with a few breaks here and there, I finally got up to date with Revolutions at episode 9.25 after listening to every episode of every series (some Revolutions series twice!), so the last two months were the first times I've ever not had access to new episodes. I'm REALLY looking forward to this next series and finally getting my next fix of Mike Duncan, especially since out of all the revolutions you were planning to cover, the Russian revolution was the one that I was most interested in learning about.

Thanks for all the hard work!!

Michael Nielsen

Well, the next revolution is the Cuban revolution...... there's at least a few episodes on that...


Your quote on the nature of revolutions at the end of the episode was great. I'll be sad to see this show end. I'm very excited for the Russian Revolution though.

Cliff Romer

This is so exciting to hear! Thank you for your hard work and all of this content!

Side question, in case I missed the announcement: When will the next fundraiser be? I've missed all of them so far and am incredibly interested in some HoR and Revolutions Swag.


I'm really eager for the podcasts to restart.

Two questions: 1.) How do I get tix to your NY day?
2.) Ditto the request for a new round of HoR and Revolutions swag. I would love more of the same high quality cool tee shirts as the one from your last fundraiser. Seriously.


Great to hear you will cover at least until early 20s, that means there will be at least an episode on Polish-Soviet war :)

Jared Bradley

How about a podcast on the Irish Revolution. Either from 1200 to current day, or more specifically, the 1916-1922 period.

MIke K.

WooHoo! the Duncan Party Train is pulling into the station and after 19 months of chasing it, I'm finally at the station waiting for it. Looking forward to riding this train through the Russian chaos.


I would like to learn more about the Chinese revolution. It did effect a lot of people, and perhaps understanding China is important today.

Franklin Wang

I would hope that you would cover the Chinese revolution as well

William Downes

I too would love to see Mr. Duncan cover the Chinese Revolution.

Mr Workaday

oh no, I didn't see this appearance in London advertised anywhere until Mike mentioned that it was sold out. I actually sobbed.

John Larkin

Looking forward to Russia - I know a bit, but not to the depth like I now know about the French Revolution.

I would be tempted to follow it with the rise of the Nazis - it's definitely a revolution, it's got many links to the Russian one and it feels so contemporary for one to end on...

Stuart Schussler

A comment on Villa's negotiation of his amnesty, from episode 9.26. It's a fun little anecdote that you didn't include, but which is one last example of his politico-military ingenuity, even when he was down and out in 1920.

I'm getting this from Gilly's book, The Mexican Revolution, chapter 10.

Interim President de la Huerta was negotiating the terms of surrender with Villa when Calles (who was close to Obregon, succeeded him as President, and also hated Villa) got word and insisted that Villa's surrender be unconditional. Negotiations ceased immediately and Calles sent the Federal Army after Villa and his men.

Villa's last masterstroke was to cross the Bolson de Mapimi desert - which is between the states of Chihuahua and Coahuila. He did this in five days, which is lightning speed considering the desert has stretches of hundreds of kilometers without a single drop of water. Thinking such a voyage impossible, Army troops in the town of Sabinas, Coahuila were caught totally unaware and Villa routed the local garrison and dismantled the railways in and out of the city. He then telegraphed de la Huerta who, after overcoming his disbelief and verifying that Villa truly had taken Sabinas, was forced to negotiate Villa's *conditional* surrender despite Calles' disapproval.

One last time, Villa carried out his famous negotiation strategy: first make a daring surprise attack, gain a more favorable relation of forces, and then move ahead with negotiations.

Mike Day

"Nothing is inevitable. Everything is chaos and chance and luck. Everyone fights in the present over the remnants of an exhausted past to build their own preferred future."

Bravo, sir, bravo.



German Revolution. The revolution that never was had quite an impact on the people who'd launch the next war. Ideal if you need something short.

Chinese Revolution. A big, long sprawling tale, fitting the nation it took place in. The more I read about it, the more fascinating it gets. You end up also picking up a lot of Soviet, Japanese, etc, history by osmosis.

Iranian Revolution. Nobody can understand US policy over the last 40 years in the Middle East without understanding this sucker. But more importantly, the year 1979 was the birth of modern Islamic revivalism. Dating a Muslim woman and learning what she was taught about her religion growing up, a lot of the narrative stems from the globalizing wave of orthodox Islam that began in '79.

Ben Andrews

Venezuelan Revolution!

Love the podcasts. All of them.

Jonathan Sigurdson

Please do the Chinese revolution next please!!!!!

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