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The Siècle is a history podcast covering France's overlooked century between Napoleon and World War I. Visit thesiecle.com for annotated scripts, pictures, maps, sources and more.

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The Siècle is a history podcast covering France's overlooked century between Napoleon and World War I. Visit thesiecle.com for annotated scripts, pictures, maps, sources and more.

    Charbonnerie

    Charbonnerie

    Conspiracy is in the air in France. In a world of secret societies and paranoid styles, the Bourbon Restoration clings to power while secretive cells spread across the country. The fate of the entire country is up for grabs as the French army is forced to decide its loyalty.

    Visit the show's website for supplementary material, including a locator map and annotated timeline of events: http://thesiecle.com/episode23/

    Be sure to follow The Siècle on Twitter @thesiecle, or on Facebook. 

    • 55 min
    Thiers in Spain

    Thiers in Spain

    An 1822 account of civil war on the Franco-Spanish border by an up-and-coming liberal journalist named Adolphe Thiers, who observes a refugee crisis, battles between liberal and conservative forces, and the disposition of French soldiers preparing to intervene.

    Be sure to follow The Siècle on Twitter @thesiecle, or on Facebook. 

    • 29 min
    Bastille Day

    Bastille Day

    Happy Bastille Day! But in the Bourbon Restoration, Bastille Day was banned, along with "La Marseillaise" and the tricolor flag. In this special episode, find out how these modern-day symbols of France were treated, and what the Bourbons used in their place.

    • 26 min
    French Press

    French Press

    The wars, murders and political battles covered on The Siècle were first covered by France's newspapers — which were very different than the newspapers of today. Take a tour into the strange world of Restoration journalism, and learn the truth behind one of the most famous collections of French newspaper headlines.

    Be sure to follow The Siècle on Twitter @thesiecle.

    • 34 min
    The Afterlife of Napoleon

    The Afterlife of Napoleon

    Napoleon Bonaparte is dead — but he still lives on, in myth and legend, in flowers and tobacco boxes, in jails and asylums, and above all in the political memory of Restoration France, for whom even death cannot rid them of their greatest foe. 

    Be sure to follow The Siècle on Twitter @thesiecle.

    • 30 min
    Memorial of St. Helena

    Memorial of St. Helena

    A recitation of the "19th Century Bonapartist Bible," a memoir from one of Napoleon's aides on St. Helena recounting the emperor's life in exile and his discourses on his rule and historical rulers before him. 

    • 30 min

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