72 episodes

In Relevant History, solo podcaster Dan Toler examines the trends and ideas that shape our modern world. The first season is about the idea of nationalism, and how different societies understand their national identities. From France to Ethiopia, from the Delhi Sultanate to the Dutch Republic, we travel through time and space to explore the roots of cultures around the world, and how those national trends have shaped their history.

Relevant History Dan Toler

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In Relevant History, solo podcaster Dan Toler examines the trends and ideas that shape our modern world. The first season is about the idea of nationalism, and how different societies understand their national identities. From France to Ethiopia, from the Delhi Sultanate to the Dutch Republic, we travel through time and space to explore the roots of cultures around the world, and how those national trends have shaped their history.

    Bonus Episode - Why Capitalists Make the Best Communists

    Bonus Episode - Why Capitalists Make the Best Communists

    Bonus Episode – Why Capitalists Make the Best Communists
    In this bonus episode, Dan delves into the nitty-gritty of far-left politics and the history of various ideologies dedicated to the establishment of communism.
    Then he asks the question: What if the best way to build an egalitarian utopia is via the power of capitalism?
    Apologies for the constant birdsong in the background. It was a gorgeous day and I decided to record with the window open. Never again!
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    Music credit: Sergey Cheremisinov - Black Swan

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 62 – Vive L’Empereur!

    Episode 62 – Vive L’Empereur!

    In the sixth and final installment on the French Revolution, Dan takes a deep dive into one of history’s most influential and controversial figures: Napoleon Bonaparte.
    After winning victory for France in Northern Italy, the brilliant young general has the attention of the French Directory. A campaign in Egypt and victory in another war will put Napoleon in a position to become Emperor. But across the English Channel, Great Britain continues a naval blockade and a diplomatic campaign to unite Europe against the new French Empire.
    To hold onto power, Napoleon will battle a series of coalitions, each time hoping it will be the last. Win or lose, one thing is certain: Europe – and the world – will never be the same.
    NOTE: Because this is a very long episode, I have included timestamps for each chapter at the end of this description.
     
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    Music credit: Sergey Cheremisinov - Black Swan
     
    CHAPTER TIMESTAMPS:
    Introduction – 0:00:00
    Chapter 1: The French Directory – 0:5:09
    Chapter 2: The Invasion of Egypt – 0:33:03
    Chapter 3: The Second Directory – 0:55:04
    Chapter 4: Napoleon Takes Command – 1:10:32
    Chapter 5: The War of the Second Coalition – 1:41:18
    Chapter 6: The French Consulate – 2:20:01
    Chapter 7: A Changing Continent – 2:47:07
    Chapter 8: Emperor Napoleon – 3:08:54
    Chapter 9: The War of the Third Coalition – 3:32:04
    Chapter 10: Austerlitz – 3:52:41
    Chapter 11: The End of an Empire – 4:13:22
    Chapter 12: The War of the Fourth Coalition – 4:30:35
    Chapter 13: The Continental System and the Peninsular War – 4:48:09
    Chapter 14: Re-Painting the Map of Europe – 5:02:30
    Chapter 15: The War of the Fifth Coalition – 5:21:38
    Chapter 16: Life in Napoleonic France – 5:42:49
    Chapter 17: Spies and Diplomats – 5:54:01
    Chapter 18: The Grande Armée – 6:10:27
    Chapter 19: The Arson of Moscow – 6:31:46
    Chapter 20: The War of 1812 – 6:41:45
    Chapter 21: The War of the Sixth Coalition – 6:49:15
    Chapter 22: The Fall of an Emperor – 7:28:24
    Chapter 23: Elba – 7:44:39
    Chapter 24: The Bourbon Restoration – 7:56:20
    Chapter 25: The March to Paris – 8:13:11
    Chapter 26: The Hundred Days – 8:28:31
    Chapter 27: Waterloo – 8:43:24
    Chapter 28: The Death of a Legend – 9:02:22
    Chapter 29: The World After Napoleon – 9:14:19
    Epilogue: What Did the French Revolution Achieve? – 9:42:38

    Episode 61 - The Revolution Eats its Children

    Episode 61 - The Revolution Eats its Children

    The Reign of Terror reaches a climax when the French Revolutionaries begin to turn on one another. Jacques Hébert and Georges Danton are executed, and Robespierre rules briefly as a dictator, verging on a god-king. After the Festival of the Supreme Being, he too will face the guillotine.

    • 5 hr 1 min
    Episode 60 - The Counter-Revolution and the Reign of Terror

    Episode 60 - The Counter-Revolution and the Reign of Terror

    When the young French Republic declares war on the Netherlands, all hell breaks loose. Within a month, the French find themselves facing a coalition that includes Austria, Prussia, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, and most of Italy.
    At home, a counter-revolution in the rural Vendee region threatens to tear the country in two, and smaller federalist revolts break out in several major cities. In Paris, Robespierre and the Mountain seize control of the government from the Girondins, and send a flurry of people to the guillotine.
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    Music credit: Sergey Cheremisinov - Black Swan

    • 4 hr 12 min
    Episode 59 - The Fall of the House of Bourbon

    Episode 59 - The Fall of the House of Bourbon

    After the Flight to Varennes, the Parisian public turns decisively against Louis XVI. The French constitutional monarchy teeters on the brink, reliant on a war with Austria to maintain public confidence. When the war turns against France, the French people turn against their government and overthrow the King for good.
    A new legislature is formed, and the revolutionaries struggle to achieve their goals on the battlefield and in politics. Meanwhile, the French Revolution cannot move forward with a deposed King who sits in limbo. As 1792 comes to a close, Louis XVI is put on trial for his life.
    ***CONTENT WARNING***
    Since we’re coming up on the Reign of Terror and a lot of people are about to get guillotined, the last portion of this episode is an addendum on the history of capital punishment. This addendum covers both the pre-modern and modern world, and I talk about both state and non-state actors. There are graphic descriptions of torture and execution, so proceed with caution.
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    Music credit: Sergey Cheremisinov - Black Swan

    • 3 hr 44 min
    Episode 58 - The Revolution and the Rights of Man

    Episode 58 - The Revolution and the Rights of Man

    After the Storming of the Bastille, the French Revolution shifts into high gear. The Constituent Assembly quickly abolishes feudal reforms and promotes the foundation of a new government with a document: the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
    1790 is a quieter year, but under the surface, divisions harden as the Paris political clubs metamorphosize into modern political parties. Meanwhile, the Assembly faces unexpected backlash when it passes the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, a law that converts all Catholic clergy into civil servants employed by the state.
    All of this culminates in the famous Flight to Varennes, an ill-fated attempt by the royal family to escape France altogether. The consequences for France – and for humanity – are yet to be seen.
    Dan’s interview with Ro Martin on the Stoned Genius podcast: https://spotify.link/wZdJiSEY4Db
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    Music credit: Sergey Cheremisinov - Black Swan

    • 3 hr 3 min

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

DevRaya ,

Listen to this one

If you’re someone like myself who is always on the search for the next engaging history podcast to listen to, Stop Here. Give this a listen, and maybe start from one of the earlier episodes. This podcast has been great from the start, which is rare, but it has ramped up in complexities of stories as history tends to do the closer we get to present day. Also, Dan is a great narrator and the sound quality is crispy. For real this is in my top 5, keep ‘em comin DT.

Daniel meirom ,

Great new history podcast

One of my new favorites it’s a great addition to all the history geeks out there

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