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A weekly history podcast that will cover France from 3 million years ago to present. Presented by Gary Girod, with contributions by numerous scholars.

The French History Podcast Gary Girod

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    • 4.4 • 196 Ratings

A weekly history podcast that will cover France from 3 million years ago to present. Presented by Gary Girod, with contributions by numerous scholars.

    New Episode Announcement

    New Episode Announcement

    Hello everyone, I wanted to quickly update you on what’s happening with the podcast. I have gotten an incredible amount of support from all of you, and my crazy fantasy of doing this full time with much more content…well, I’m still a ways off from it, but it does seem much more likely than even […]

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    The Political Philosophy of Terror as read by Mickey Mouse

    The Political Philosophy of Terror as read by Mickey Mouse

    Two quick announcements. First, this month we are recommending you check out the podcast ReConsider. ReConsider covers timely and timeless social and political issues for liberal democracies, with a nonpartisan approach that helps listeners question their own beliefs. Hosts Xander and Erik break down and dissect the partisan storytelling, bring facts to bear, and help […]

    • 18 min
    Political Crisis in Racine’s “Phèdre” by Ainan Liu

    Political Crisis in Racine’s “Phèdre” by Ainan Liu

    Gary: Today’s special episode is by Ainan Liu. Ainan is a PhD candidate from the French and Italian Department at Princeton University. His research interest lies in French theater in the early modern period. His current work focuses on 17th century playwright Jean Racine’s tragedies, in particular the reinvention of his classical sources. Today Ainan […]

    • 21 min
    The Art of Death by Dr. Kaylee Alexander

    The Art of Death by Dr. Kaylee Alexander

    Gary Girod: Today’s special episode is by Dr. Kaylee Alexander. Dr. Alexander earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, having defended her dissertation in February of 2021. Specializing primarily in nineteenth-century visual culture, Kaylee’s research interests include funerary material culture and the cultural economics of death […]

    • 23 min
    53 – The Kingdom of God

    53 – The Kingdom of God

    Gary: Quick announcement before we start the episode. The Intelligent Speech Conference is back. This April 24th top history podcasters like the History of England, Ben Franklin’s World, Wittenberg to Westphalia and others will deliver educational talks. Sign up for just $20 for 24 hours of content spread across four different streams. Interact with your favorite hosts […]

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    52 – Charlemagne’s War Machine

    52 – Charlemagne’s War Machine

    Quick announcement before we start the episode. The Intelligent Speech Conference is back. This April 24th top history podcasters like the History of England, Ben Franklin’s World, Wittenberg to Westphalia and others will deliver educational talks. Sign up for just $20 for 24 hours of content spread across four different streams. Interact with your favorite […]

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
196 Ratings

196 Ratings

Hollyoke ,

Overall good

Informative and well researched, but has two significant problems. The first one is a huge number of special guest episodes on topics unrelated to the main narrative. They hugely disrupt the flow. The second one is delivery, which is slow and monotonous, as if the author was reading from a script not designed to be delivered as a talk. Both are easily remediable.

BrohannesJahms ,

Mickey Mouse as Robespierre? Come on

I get it. It’s easier to do interview episodes than to research and write episodes for the main history narrative, but that’s what the people want.

I would rather a longer time between episodes than getting yet another interview episode, or guest host on random topics. Sequential Narrative French History Podcast please!!

edit: Lowered rating, as the man is now publishing himself reading Robespierre’s speeches in a Mickey Mouse impression. What?

Miksle ,

Thorough, In-Depth and French

Love this podcast. A treat for history buffs. Gary’s tone is very measured, and easy to understand. Nothing speedy or sensationalized. The chronological episodes are loaded with great info, and they’re so much more fun now that he’s moved into the post-Roman period. The special-guest episodes contain some absolute gems. Amazing subjects that probably would’t fit into the chronological ones--deep dives into some specialized topics. Superb work, Gary!

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