47 episodes

The Siècle is a history podcast covering France's overlooked century between Napoleon and World War I. Visit thesiecle.com for annotated scripts, pictures, maps, sources and more.

The Siècle History Podcast David H. Montgomery

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    • 4.9 • 124 Ratings

The Siècle is a history podcast covering France's overlooked century between Napoleon and World War I. Visit thesiecle.com for annotated scripts, pictures, maps, sources and more.

    The Return of the King

    The Return of the King

    The Siècle begins in the year 1814. Napoléon has abdicated, and the Bourbons are back in charge of France. Here's how they screw it up, the first scene in our century-long saga of a country at war with itself. Find out more at thesiecle.com.
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    • 20 min
    The Hundred Days

    The Hundred Days

    Napoleon returns from exile to reclaim his throne, and Louis flees into exile. But as diplomats scheme for advantage, the fate of France will be settled on the fields of Waterloo. Find out more at thesiecle.com/episode2. 
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    • 21 min
    The Kingdom of Louis Dix-Huit

    The Kingdom of Louis Dix-Huit

    What kind of kingdom had Louis XVIII managed to win after Waterloo, anyway? We take a tour of France in 1815, from its mountains and rivers to its hardscrabble peasants, wine-trading merchants and imperious nobles. Follow along with vital maps at thesiecle.com/episode3!
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    • 29 min
    The Paradox of Paris

    The Paradox of Paris

    Paris in 1815 was a city of intense contradictions, where shining palaces and squalid slums sat right next door to each other. Meet the city that is not yet the City of Light at the dawn of the Restoration. Follow along with maps at thesiecle.com/episode4!
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    • 23 min
    The White Terror

    The White Terror

    France plunges into violence after the final fall of Napoleon. Featuring: invasion, murder, treason, extortion, art theft, 300 million bottles of wine, rude drinking songs and seditious chickens. 
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    • 35 min
    Our Friends the Enemies

    Our Friends the Enemies

    After Waterloo, France was invaded by a huge multinational foreign army — and they didn't leave for more than three years. Learn more about the facts and consequences of this occupation in an interview with Prof. Christine Haynes, author of a recent book on the subject.
    Visit thesiecle.com for a transcript, pictures, and a link to buy the book. 

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

Loyalest follower ,

Excellent content

An excellent podcast. Quality research, evident passion and a topic that desperately needs more attention. I know so little about this period, and most of what I do know comes from literature. I’m delighted to have found this.

Avery M ,

A joy to listen to

The host puts so much effort into writing thoughtful, clearly constructed scripts and reading them with perfect quality. Few history podcasts reach this level of quality, it feels like one of the big names even though it’s not very popular yet.

gracchiBrosWereRight ,

Great podcast 😊

Excellent overview of French culture, history and politics in the 19th century. Thank you 🙏

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