Welcome to the French History Podcast

The Phoney War with Cameron Zinsou

Episode 39 • Oct 26, 2019

Ph.D candidate Cameron Zinsou talks about the tense waiting period known as 'The Phoney War.' Zinsou argues that despite no large-scale military engagements occuring a whole lot happened. French society had to reorganize for total war and that the political, social and military changes presaged the occupation.

Ep. 24 The Two Missing Centuries

Episode 38 • Oct 19, 2019

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

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

Episode 37 • Oct 12, 2019

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.

Ep. 23 Three Gods, Four Emperors

Episode 36 • Oct 5, 2019

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.

The Merchant of Revolution with Sarah K. Miles

Episode 35 • Sep 28, 2019

Guest host Sarah K. Miles tells the fascinating story of how radical bookseller François Maspero spread revolutionary anti-colonial ideas from the left bank of the Seine. Listen as Ms. Miles recounts how Maspero evaded government sensors, created networks of subversives across the world.

Ep. 22-Twilight of the Druids, Madness of Emperors

Episode 34 • Sep 21, 2019

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.

Disability and Disease in 19th Cent. Paris with Dr. Catherine Kudlick

Episode 33 • Sep 14, 2019

Dr. Catherine Kudlick of San Francisco State University talks about a blind community in 19th century Paris. Furthermore, she talks about disability, disease and what those meant in French history.

Ep. 21-The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest

Episode 32 • Sep 7, 2019

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.

Jews and Jewish-Muslim relations in France, 1940-2019 with Dr. Ethan Katz

Episode 31 • Aug 31, 2019

UC Berkeley's Dr. Ethan Katz talks about how Jewish Resistance Fighters captured Algiers for the Allies in 1942. Then we discuss the history and importance of Jewish-Muslim relations in France, which has the largest population of both in the EU.

Ep. 20-The Tragedy of Drusus the Good Son

Episode 30 • Aug 24, 2019

Gallia wasn't as peaceful as Augustus' propaganda would have you believe. Meanwhile, Germania's shadow stretched across the Rhine. Until the bold leader Drusus decides to march to the ends of the Earth for the glory of Rome and his place as Augustus' successor.

Post-WW2 French Science Fiction with Prof. Annabelle Dolidon

Episode 29 • Aug 17, 2019

Prof. Annabelle Dolidon talks about the history of French science-fiction and how it deals with questions of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, climate change, and other potential futures.

Ep. 19-New Gods, New Rulers and Togas: Augustan Gallia

Episode 28 • Aug 10, 2019

How much of Celtic religion and culture remained during the Augustan reforms? Did the Romans wipe away the old Gaul? And how much did the Gauls influence Rome? All of these and more are answered in today's episode.

Energy and Power with Dr. Joseph Bohling

Episode 27 • Aug 3, 2019

Dr. Bohling of Portland State University explains how France, a country with very limited fossil fuels, became an energy leader. Along the way he dispels myths about France falling in love with nuclear power and their position as a green country.

Ep. 18-Pax Gallia: Rebuilding a Roman Gaul

Episode 26 • July 27, 2019

Caesar launches a civil war, then Octavian and Mark Antony launch another, and finally Octavian turns on Mark Antony. All the while the Roman wars leave Gaul in relative peace as the country heals. Octavian becomes the first Roman Emperor 'Augustus' and inaugurates a program of Romanization on the Gauls, starting with the resettling of veterans and the building of massive new cities.

African American Soldiers in France with Taylor Marrow

Episode 25 • July 20, 2019

In this very special episode I interview the man who inspired me to become a historian, Taylor Marrow. Marrow talks about African-American service in World War I and II France, how this impacted the United States, and what France means to African Americans today.

Ep. 17-A Bitter Peace

Episode 24 • July 13, 2019

The Gallic Wars finally ends as most of Gaul submits to Caesar in a desperate attempt to bring peace to war-torn Gaul. Yet, a few tribes have hatched one final scheme to repulse the Roman invaders that may be even more painful than Caesar's brutal tactics.

Ep. 16-The Gallo-Roman Apocalypse

Episode 23 • June 29, 2019

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

Ep. 15-Fate Meets Folly

Episode 22 • June 15, 2019

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.

Ep. 14-A Year of Heroes: Lucius Vorenus, Titus Pullo and Vertico the Gaul

Episode 21 • June 1, 2019

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.

Between Throne and Altar: French Kings Versus the Papacy with Quentin Adams

Episode 20 • May 18, 2019

The fall of Rome meant the rise of the Vatican as Europe broke up into small feudal states. But when France emerged as a major nation its kings were done taking orders from the Papacy. What followed was centuries of on-and-off conflict to decide whether God's Chosen Ruler or Christ's Vicar on Earth ruled Europe.

Ep. 13-The End of the World and Beyond: Caesar's Invasions of Germania and Britannia

Episode 19 • May 18, 2019

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.

Ep. 12 Belgica: Between Caesar and Germania

Episode 18 • May 4, 2019

After conquering Celtica, Caesar engages in two years of brutal war against the Belgae who are determined to maintain their freedom.

France and America's Cold War with Dr. Robert Buzzanco

Episode 17 • April 27, 2019

One of America's leading scholars on the Vietnam War talks about how France and the US clashed during the Cold War, largely over Indochina.

Ep. 11 The War Begins

Episode 16 • April 20, 2019

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.

Notre Dame de Paris

Episode 15 • April 14, 2019

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.

Ep. 10 Destiny Meets Opportunity

Episode 14 • April 6, 2019

The main series recommences, as a crisis in Gaul sparks a war between civilizations a millenia in the making.

From Vichy to Alizée: Making The Modern French Woman with Dr. Sarah Fishman

Episode 13 • Mar 23, 2019

A conversation with renowned scholar Dr. Sarah Fishman on how French women under Vichy, who were among the most oppressed in the developed world, turned France into the most egalitarian major country on Earth.

The Munitionettes of World War I

Episode 12 • Mar 9, 2019

In this special episode, we examine the hardships, triumphs and transformation that women underwent in WWI while exploring why French women didn't receive the same rights as their British counterparts.

#MeToo and Roman Rape Culture with Darah Vann Orr

Episode 11 • Mar 2, 2019

Ancient historian Darah Vann Orr explains how modern feminist historians are re-evaluating Roman culture in the wake of the #MeToo era.

Ep. 9 Gaul before the Fall

Episode 10 • Feb 23, 2019

Where we examine the Gallic kingdoms before the Roman invasion.

Ep. 8 The Greek Empire in Gaul

Episode 9 • Feb 16, 2019

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

Ep. 7 Celts on the Warpath: The Sack of Rome

Episode 8 • Feb 9, 2019

A lover's quarrel spirals out of control and leads to a war between Rome and the Gauls.

Ep. 6 The Celts

Episode 7 • Feb 2, 2019

The Celts are moving westward and bringing with them their culture, religion and art to France.

Ep. 5 The Metals Revolution and the Revolution of Ideas

Episode 6 • January 26, 2019

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

Ep. 4 The Indo-European Migration

Episode 5 • January 19, 2019

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

France and the Silver Screen Part 1 with Lyz Renshaw

Episode 4 • Jan 14, 2019

Film studies expert Lyz Renshaw takes us through the first forty years of French cinema history and gives us a list of titles to add to our Netflix queues.

Ep. 3 Civilization Before Civilization

Episode 3 • December 8, 2018

In this episode we will examine the megalithic structures of France, which are among the oldest still-standing buildings in the world.

Ep. 2 In the Beginning There Was France

Episode 2 • December 8, 2018

Long before there were people, France was a frozen tundra. This episode looks at France from 3 million years ago until the first humans arrived.

Ep. 1 The Journey Begins

Episode 1 • December 8, 2018

In this first episode I introduce myself, the podcast and the fascinating journey we're about to take.