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History isn't black and white, yet too often it's presented as such. Grey History is a podcast dedicated to retelling great historical events, but in a way that highlights contradiction, dissent and contrasting conclusions. Why? Because it's in the grey that history has its beauty, its intrigue, and most importantly its lessons.

Current Season:
The French Revolution - Tyrants and Terrorists

Grey History: The French Revolution William Clark

    • History
    • 4.7 • 111 Ratings

History isn't black and white, yet too often it's presented as such. Grey History is a podcast dedicated to retelling great historical events, but in a way that highlights contradiction, dissent and contrasting conclusions. Why? Because it's in the grey that history has its beauty, its intrigue, and most importantly its lessons.

Current Season:
The French Revolution - Tyrants and Terrorists

    1.34 The Brunswick Manifesto

    1.34 The Brunswick Manifesto

    The Duke of Brunswick proclaims a manifesto with disastrous (or negligible) consequences. Paris lurches closer to insurrection, and the sections of Paris demand a republic in all but name. Radical revolutionaries set a deadline for dethronement, but support for a second revolution among certain factions is surprisingly lacking.

    Episode Extras:
    1. The Origins of the Brunswick Manifesto
    2. Factors that Drove Marat's Rise to Power
    3. The Secret Dealings Between The Girondins And The Court

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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Bastille Day Bonus Episode (The Prisoner of Paris)

    Bastille Day Bonus Episode (The Prisoner of Paris)

    Happy Bastille Day Everyone!

    In celebration of the 232nd anniversary of the Fall of the Bastille, this bonus episode is a recording of my presentation at the Intelligent Speech Conference earlier this year. It covers the key events of the Flight to Varennes, some minor (and key) details which foiled the escape, as well as lessons that can be taken from the event.

    Please enjoy "The Prisoner of Paris - How Louis XVI (almost) escaped the French Revolution"

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    • 44 min
    1.33 What About Second Revolution?

    1.33 What About Second Revolution?

    In the aftermath of 20 June, the nation's factions immediately resume their bitter disputes. As foreign armies prepare to invade France, the Legislative Assembly is compelled to declare the nation to be in danger. The arrival of the fédérés changes the power dynamics in Paris, empowering agitators who are calling for a second revolution. The King's dethronement, the Assembly's replacement, and the enactment of universal suffrage become the rallying cry of the city's radicals.


    Episode Extras:
    1. "In the name of the King" - Explore the importance of Vergniaud's famous speech of 3 July 1792.

    2. "The Tree of Feudalism?!" - Experience the sombre Fête de la Fédération of 1792, including a symbolic tree that was symbolic in more ways than one.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    1.32 Uninvited Guests

    1.32 Uninvited Guests

    A new ministerial crisis erupts thanks to the bold actions of the Interior Minister Jean-Marie Roland. The people of Paris conduct a large demonstration on the 20th of June 1792. Lafayette attempts to stem the revolution’s growing radicalism, and new leaders emerge from the city's sections and clubs.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Intelligent Speech - Saturday April 24 2021

    Intelligent Speech - Saturday April 24 2021

    Intelligent Speech 2021 will take place online on April 24th, from 10 am to 6 pm Eastern time. The theme of this year‘s conference is, "Escape." There will be approximately 40 speakers for the duration of the conference and at any one point, viewers will have the option of four individual conference streams to watch and participate in.

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    My Session:
    The Prisoner of Paris - How Louis XVI (almost) escaped the French Revolution

    In mid-1791, the King of France escaped his palace prison. Despite making it out of the capital, a series of unfortunate events denied Louis XVI his freedom. This is the story of how European history could have looked dramatically different if it weren't for consistently terrible luck.


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    • 3 min
    1.31 Rise of the Sans-culottes

    1.31 Rise of the Sans-culottes

    As the nation faced a multitude of threats, a particular cohort of Parisians emerged as a powerful revolutionary force. This episode explores the famous Sans-culottes of the French Revolution.

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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

Miksle ,

Extraordinaire !

Podcast nothing but fantastic scholarship, making sense of a difficult complicated topic. Amazingly well researched, combines many different viewpoints, superb details and insights. Mr Clark speaks clearly, easy to listen to and never boring. Cannot recommend enough!

9EEH9 ,

great way to begin learning

I wanted to learn about the French Revolution but I was intimidated to begin, since it’s such a huge topic. This podcast has been a great way to begin—it’s much deeper than the usual summaries, but it’s not as heavy-laden and bogged down as a wikipedia page. It’s humorous, interesting, and heartfelt.

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Grey history on French Revolution

This is a wonderful and informative podcast on a subject that gets short shrift in American history for the general public. I just discovered it and am happily binging it. Love the narrator’s erudition, clear presentation, and sense of humor.

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