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TRANSCRIPT: Episode 008: Imperial Sunset – Waterloo Pt 3

LISTEN HERE:http://www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com/episode-008-waterloo-pt-8-climax/ OUTLINE: The position of the French attack. Charge of the Scots Grey, and British Heavy Cavalry Brigade. Lady Elizabeth Butler “Charge of the Scots Greys.” French chaos, and the grand battery overrun. We shall match them with our lancers: French counter charge. The day grinds on. The greatest Read more…

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TRANSCRIPT: Episode 004 The Emperor marches to war

  1. Here we are then. The scene is set. It must be war. The politics, the philosophy and the cultures of the European great powers are now to be decided on the battlefields. In many ways this conflict was about far more than Napoleon, or even the ideals of the French revolution versus the Ancien Regime. This is the climax of a clash that defined Europe since the discovery of the New World. Would Europe be a land empire, ruled by the French, facing the mediterranean and projecting power to the old core of Western civilisation, into the Balkans and the middle east, or would the British Atlantic facing international empire triumph. That might sound outlandish, but some historians have certainly viewed it that way. Britain had financed Prussia and other nations to attack the French to conquer French oversea's territories. William Pitt the Elder, a famous British politician had explicitly stated this aim "While we had France for an enemy, Germany was the scene to employ and baffle her arms." meaning that Britain would arm and finance continental powers to weaken the French to seize French oversea's colonies. (more…)

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