The Siècle is a narrative history podcast covering France’s overlooked century from 1814 to 1914.

This is a period that kicks off with the first abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte, and rockets through a tumultuous period of political intrigue, timeless art, economic transformation — and so, so many revolutions.

The show is fully researched, with a bibliography of more than 200 sources to date, including scholarly histories, contemporary primary sources, period novels, and statistical data. Every episode has a complete annotated transcript, including images and direct citations.

I recommend beginning the show with Episode 1: The Return of the King, and listening in order.

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