A weekly history podcast that will cover France from 3 million years ago to present. Presented by Gary Girod, with contributions by numerous scholars.
46 – France’s First Dynasty
In the first episode of this podcast I talked about how the words ‘France’ and ‘French’ are not set, but are ever-evolving concepts. Related to this is the question: when did ‘France’ begin? There are certainly precursors to France, going all the way back to the first humans. In the 19th and 20th centuries French […]
French ‘Corsairing’ in the Americas during the War of the Spanish Succession by Mike LaMonica
It took the podcast quite a while but we finally have an episode with pirates. Today’s special episode is by Mike LaMonica, a PhD student at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. “French ‘Corsairing’ in the Americas during the War of the Spanish Succession” tells the story of French pirates who acquired the right to legally […]
45 – The End of the Merovingian Dynasty
Episode 45: The End of the Merovingian Dynasty For roughly 120 years from the ascension of Clovis I to Dagobert the scions of the House of Merovech were the undisputed rulers of the Franks. The long-haired kings controlled incredible wealth, numerous holy places and were accomplished generals. For a long time it seemed the only […]
The Prefect’s Purse-String: Jean Moulin and the Rex Mission by David A. Foulk
Gary: Today’s special episode is by David A. Foulk. David is a student at Oxford University currently completing his dissertation on the economic aspect of the French Resistance during WW2. He has won multiple awards and been published for his work on the economics of war. In line with his research, today’s topic deals with […]
The Occupation of Northern France in WWI with Dr. James E. Connolly
44 – The Last Great Merovingian Kings
Episode 44: The Last Great Merovingian Kings In 584 Queen Fredegund gave birth to her fifth male child. Her four previous sons died at the ages of 8, 4, 1 and 1, due to disease and possible assassination so this new child’s fate looked bleak. The boy’s outlook became even darker after his father was […]
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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.
On the whole pretty good with a few clinkers
On the whole this is a pretty good series and I would recommend it. I would suggest you skip his ‘France and the silver screen’ episode. Supposedly it discusses French cinema up through World War II. However, she is so superficial that the title is a misnomer. Rather than discuss the full range of French films the guest speaker 1st concentrates on the surreal movement in it and then skips the entire 1930s to talk about “The Grand Illusion” 1937 film that she “really loved”. The entire forties is reduced to a final few minutes talking about “Children of Paradise”. Good films but this is NOT any discussion of French films during that time period. At the end she says she hopes he asks her back to do a part two. Note: he never asked her back.
Direct and detailed. Thank you
I thoroughly enjoy this podcast. It’s exactly the scope I was looking for that includes sociology with political history. I like that he identifies the inflection points that result in significant culture changes. It’s a rich story that he tells.
For example, I would have never read Caesars Gallic Wars. Gary walks through Caesar’s account in detail, with the necessary fact checks, and even pronounces Vergincentorix for me!
I would like to hear more about the daily life of the everyday person. For example, what is lost and what is gained by the average Jean-Luke as the Roman influence wains and the new political order takes hold.
But what sets this podcast apart are the interviews that punctuate the narrative with vivid color. Everyone should have a Dr. Taylor Marrow in their life.
These podcasts are the new history textbooks. Imagine if your teacher assigned an episode for home work each night then discussed all the details in class. It’s a powerful way to learn.
Chip in $5 every month. It’s worth it. I throw in $10.
Thank you for the hard work.