36 episodes

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 • 117 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

    1.35 Science During the Revolutionary Era (Sneak Peek)

    1.35 Science During the Revolutionary Era (Sneak Peek)

    Ever wondered what French scientists, elephants, and a creature known as the 'Ohio animal' have to do with extinction? What role did French chemists play in discovering the composition of air and water? How were ancient theories concerning combustion replaced with the foundations of modern chemistry? All these questions are answered in the new bonus episode for Patreon supporters of the show! Episode 35, 'Science During the Revolutionary Era' is actually two bonus episodes. Part I focuses on Chemistry, and Part II focuses on Biology and Palaeontology. Both bonus episodes and hours worth of other exclusive content are now available for all Patreon community members.

    This snipper of Part II examines the work of French naturalist Georges Cuvier and his discovery of extinction.

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    Part I: Chemistry
    This episode explores the achievements of the famous French Scientist Antoine Lavoisier. It covers the discovery of oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen, as well as the role of oxygen in the combustion process. It also examines outdated scientific theories and the discoveries that air and water were not elements.

    Part II: Life Sciences (Biology and Palaeontology)
    This episode examines the early debates surrounding extinction and evolution. This includes the controversial theories and intriguing discoveries of several french naturalists, including Cuvier, Geoffroy, and Lamarck.

    • 15 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

DC3Amsterdam ,

Addicted

This is not what you learned in school where we were taught a couple names or dates that neatly fell into an exam at best. History is grey, lots to debate, many perspectives, much scholarly work, and thousands of pages. This is where Grey History had come in for me. Our host goes through the details and highlights the grey and the scholarly debates allowing the listener to decide (if he has a perspective it is shared) how to view or to know that there are multiple interpretations of an event, name, motivation, etc.

I’ve been binge listening and learning a lot and appreciate the amusing Star Wars and other film references. On occasion something is posed in a way that you look at current events through the lens of the event at hand. The rabbit holes are relevant and thought provoking. An enjoyable, well researched, and produced narrative. I’m hooked.

cassandra1776 ,

Hidden Gem. So Grateful.

I was hoping to get lucky and find a “Hardcore History-length” pod about the history of the French Revolution. I’m blown away by how well produced and entertaining this incredibly deep dive is. Truly grateful for William Clark’s work, as this is such an important topic that’s barely taught in US schools. Giving Dan Carlin some tough competition! Keep it up, Will!

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!

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