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Who was Napoleon Bonaparte? Was he a warmonger? Or was he a brilliant leader who fought desperately to preserve the benefits of the French revolution against the united fury of the monarchs of Europe? Join J. David Markham, President of the International Napoleonic Society and Cameron Reilly as they take you on a journey you will never forget.

The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3, 21 Ratings

Who was Napoleon Bonaparte? Was he a warmonger? Or was he a brilliant leader who fought desperately to preserve the benefits of the French revolution against the united fury of the monarchs of Europe? Join J. David Markham, President of the International Napoleonic Society and Cameron Reilly as they take you on a journey you will never forget.

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4.3 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Studio1972 ,

Informative and entertaining

This has been an interesting podcast for me. David is very knowledgable on the subject. I do wish that Cameron would have chipped in a bit more, and maybe taken a devil’s advocate point of view, as David is very biased towards Napoleon, describing his retreat from Russia as a “tactical withdrawal”!

One thing that did confuse me a little was that on several occasions Napoleon was described as being one of the worlds greatest generals, alongside Alexander, Caesar, Genghis Khan etc. From what I gleaned from the podcast however, he seemed be a lower rank then that, although still great, making several mistakes resulting in his downfall.

Miss Macgregor ,

Brisbane

This is ‘wikipedia’ homespun history at its worst. Bonaparte had little appreciation of the importance of the sea. Markham and Reilly share their idol’s lacuna in this area and tell us that the battle of Trafalgar was irrelevant. And yet Bonaparte could never win until he had beaten Britain and Britain could never lose as long as she had control of the sea. This blind spot brought about his eventual downfall. They slag off Talleyrand and yet he had a greater more nuanced strategic vision than Bonaparte and had Bonaparte taken Talleyrand’s advice he might have consolidated his gains and achieved a lasting civilised peace. Instead he set in train a series of bloody costly traumas to which ultimately the First and Second World Wars can be traced.

This whole project is catastrophically unprofessional. Several episodes are punctuated with Markham’s smoke alarm bleeping in the background, presumably because of a flat battery. Their love of Bonaparte is exceeded only by the sound of their own voices. Rambling, repetitive, self-congratulatory and poorly prepared the occasional nugget (Markham’s assessment of Bonaparte’s thought processes in Russia) is lost in the noise. Don’t waste your time listening to this stuff. Instead read Andrew Robert’s Napoleon the Great and David Lawday’s Talleyrand- Napoleon’s Master. It won’t take you much longer, and you might learn something more useful.

Mugshot_ ,

Great podcast

Found this while doing A level revision. Great for understanding Napoleon himself, while not assuming too much prior knowledge.

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