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The French History Podcast

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

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16 – The Gallo-Roman Apocalypse

52 BCE and Prince Vercingetorix unites Gaul in a war to the death with Caesar that will decide Rome and Gaul's fates.

40mins

29 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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21 – The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest

Augustus decides to invade Germania and Romanize it as he did with Gallia. Family drama and an insurrection give the Germans a chance to revolt. What follows is one of Rome's greatest tragedies and a history-defining moment for Gallia, Rome and Europe.

21mins

7 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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8 – The Greek Empire in Gaul

Anatolian Greeks establish an empire in Southern Gaul around Masallia, or modern-day Marseille.

28mins

16 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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25 -The Ancient Superpower and its Decline

Rome ascends to unprecedented glory by the time of Antoninus Pius. Then the unthinkable happens and the ancient superpower is hit with one disaster after another. Plague, civil war and invasion bring the glorious empire to its knees.

47mins

16 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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10 – Destiny Meets Opportunity

A crisis in Gaul sparks a war between civilizations a millenia in the making.

31mins

6 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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11 – The War Begins

A migrating wave of Celts from Switzerland gives Caesar the opportunity to invade Gaul. But things aren't so simple; to conquer Gaul he'll have to defeat a German king before he can bring over an overwhelming number of warriors.

38mins

20 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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9 – Gaul Before the Fall

Where we tell the story of the Gallic kingdoms before the Roman conquest.

35mins

23 Feb 2019

Rank #7

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24 -The Two Lost Centuries

Nearly two centuries of Gallia's history go missing. What happened to the records and what happened in Gallia?

17mins

19 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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23 – Three Gods, Four Emperors

The Year of the Four Emperors in the Roman Empire brings chaos and war. In Gallia, three people claim divinity as they revolt against the empire.

20mins

5 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Notre Dame de Paris

Ph.D candidate Gary Girod tells Notre Dame's fascinating history from the first stones laid for the Roman temple to Jupiter, up until present and explains why there's hope for a complete restoration after the April 15, 2019 fire.

37mins

20 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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22 – Twilight of the Druids, Madness of Emperors

Another revolt convinces Tiberius and later Claudius that the only way to civilize Gallia is to rid it of its druids. Gallia survives the madness of Caligula and then unites with Hispania to overthrow Nero.

24mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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26 – The Gallic Empire

Rome is falling apart. It's being invaded along its entire northern and eastern borders. Emperors are assassinated. Usurper generals rise up every year to seize power. Plague devastates the empire. Out of this chaos a Gallic military commander decides to create a new Celtic empire and revive a free Gaul.

25mins

30 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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27 – The Empire Strikes Back

The year is 285. Diocletian is the undisputed master of a Roman world in tatters. Gaul has fallen completely apart as its own people ravage the land looking for food while German hordes poor in. Diocleatian sends two emperors to save Gaul, but even if they can bring peace it will never be the same as Celtic Gaul declines and the Franks rise.

45mins

3 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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France, Haiti and the American Civil War with Dr. Matthew Clavin

The Haitian Revolution has often been described as an oddity that had little impact on the world. Since then, historians have challenged this narrative and argue that Haiti's victory over France had a huge impact on the Atlantic World. Dr. Matthew Clavin of the University of Houston argues that the Haitian Revolution had an enormous impact on the world.

43mins

12 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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4 – The Indo-European Migration

The Indo-Europeans are on the move and heading to Western Europe, bringing with them war, horses and apocalypse.

18mins

19 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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5 – The Metals Revolution and the Revolution of Ideas

The tools and minds of the early French undergo a tremendous leap forward.

21mins

26 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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29 – Life in a Crumbling Empire

What was life like for ordinary people in 4th century Gallia? In this episode we're covering men, women, children, the family, culture, entertainment, language, medicine, the environment, food, barbarians & everything else that made up the lives of the Gauls during the Late Roman Empire.

38mins

1 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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14 – A Year of Heroes: Lucius Vorenus, Titus Pullo and Vertico the Gaul

Caesar begins the year by invading Britannia and harassing Belgica. Meanwhile Celtica rises up and the Gauls surround two Roman armies. With doom approaching heroes are born as Vorenus and Pullo make an epic last stand.

29mins

1 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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13 – The End of the World and Beyond: Caesar’s Invasions of Germania and Britannia

Caesar's devastation of the Belgae opens up Gaul to a German invasion to the east. To the north, Britannia unsettles Gaul. To solve both problems Caesar will have to go where no Roman ever has and become more than a mere man.

26mins

18 May 2019

Rank #19

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15 – Fate Meets Folly

It's 53 BCE and Marcus Licinius Crassus is tired of watching Pompey and Caesar take all the glory. Crassus raises an army to invade Persia, a gambit which determines Rome's fate. Meanwhile, Caesar's divide and conquer tactics reach new heights as he turns the Gauls against themselves.

38mins

15 Jun 2019

Rank #20