283 episodes

A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The Russian Revolution Next: ???

Revolutions Mike Duncan

    • History
    • 4.8, 8.2K Ratings

A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The Russian Revolution Next: ???

    10.39- The End of Part I

    10.39- The End of Part I

    Maybe if Nicholas hadn't been so set on rejecting the verdict of 1905, there wouldn't be a Part II to look forward to.

    • 39 min
    10.38- The Days of Freedom

    10.38- The Days of Freedom

    The Days of Freedom could be numbered in days.

    • 40 min
    10.37- The General Strike

    10.37- The General Strike

    That time everyone stayed home from work. 
    Sponsor: audible.com/revolutions. 

    • 34 min
    10.36- The Bulygin Constitution

    10.36- The Bulygin Constitution

    When you think you're out in the front of the pack, but really you're being lapped.  
    Sponsor: Harrys.com/revolutions

    • 32 min
    10.35- Sinking Ships

    10.35- Sinking Ships

    When you pray for a miracle and all God sends is a metaphor. 
    Voyage of the Damned Video
    Battle of Tsushima Video

    • 32 min
    10.34- The Wave of Protest

    10.34- The Wave of Protest

    Bloody Sunday triggered the largest popular protests the Russian Empire had ever seen.
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8.2K Ratings

8.2K Ratings

Mark from Mich. ,

History as it oughtta be!

This is one of the best podcasts I have heard, including more “official“ for-sale history series. Most notably: I begin knowing little about the south American and Mexican Revolutions, and nothing about Haiti. So I listened absolutely captivated. However, even the series on the French Revolution, a story I had heard many times before, was fascinating. Mike Duncan alternates between big-picture and details about various characters, but even when he gets into detail, he picks out characters who are fascinating all by themselves - or else he makes them fascinating. (I suspect he could make the most boring life interesting.) For the academically inclined he gives references (so you know this is real history, not just a story make it up), and wherever it overlaps with my knowledge, it is obvious that he is very accurate. (Also fair-minded. This is history, not a broadcast with any political agenda.)

When I first started listening to this series, he had only gotten as far as the Mexican Revolution. I am only now returning, now that he is well into Marxism,So this review only runs through me Season 9, but that is enough.

One very minor criticism: He begins the series with the revolution of the British Parliament against King Charles in the 1640’s which he presents as the first of the “modern” series of revolutions in Europe (and the Europe-influenced Americas). I believe he has overlooked one: the Dutch rebellion against Spain (1566-1648) which lead to the establishment of a constitutional monarchy, and had a direct link to the British struggles between king and Parliament.

However, you can’t have everything, and there is more than enough here for anyone with an interest in history (or just in search of a good story)

The Great Glass Alavator ,

Great show

The show does a great job of giving enough detail without getting mired in it. Really enjoyable!

genuinejake ,

Great History, Better Narratives

I'm all about the facts and the little details behind them, but I like how Mr. Duncan slides in a sliver of his own thoughts from time-to-time. He's a masterful research but an even better storyteller. I've listened to / read everything he's ever produced, and can't wait for his book on Lafayette. He brings a steady stream of consciousness to the historical narrative that can often be filled with drudgery. Keep up the great work!

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