June 8, 2009 cameron

The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #53 – Alex Mikaberidze part 4

We’re very lucky to have Alexander Mikaberidze back to discuss a few more important Russian generals and the crossing of the Berezina.




Comments (15)

  1. joshua gravens

    Mr. Markham and Mr. Reilly,
    At first I must admit that I have not quite Reached this episode, I just recently started listening to this podcast, but faithfully enjoy anywhere from 2-4 hours a day! It is really going to be disappointing when I join the ranks of those that must wait for the next show. I am 22 from Texas USA, I have an interest in Napoleon as I am related to the Bonaparte family. Thank you so much for your efforts and passions, as a result of hearing you guys i have purchased Napolepon for Dummies, Thank you Mr. Markham its a great work, I can almost actually hear you and Mr. Reilly discussing the Emperor as I read. I have also aquired Moscow 1812, and anticipate devouring it! Keep up the great work guys looking foward to catching up, but dreading it as well! Best of health! Long live the Emperor of the French! No one truly dies when a legacy is lost….

  2. John G

    Hi Cameron and David

    I have started re-listening to the podcasts and I have a question. When Napoleon went back to Corsica (to fight against the royalists?) during the French Revolution, what happened? Did he distinguish himself? Did anything remarkable happen? I think it would be interesting to know about this period of Napoleon’s life as it is at the earliest stages of his military career.

  3. Julian B.

    I seem to remember there being some controversy on the subject of Napoleon`s influence on Corsica, especially in terms of being French seeing as and -I am sure you have mentioned this in one episode or another- the French only claimed Corsica as part of France a few years before Napoleon`s birth and thus, through some slight slip in time, Napoleon becoming French and going on to what he was. Is there any truth there?

  4. Peter Laurent

    Dear Mr Mikaberidze,
    Ive just listened to all 4 of your episodes and I thought they were fantastic.I really hope you can do more with the guys. It defiantly more interesting to hear it from a Russian perspective. One thing iI found fascinating was when David asked why Russia did not agree to a Polish state.. and i believe you countered his question masterfully.(like so many)



  5. Hey, guys,

    I just want to say that it has been awhile since we’ve done a show and that is my fault. I’ve just been swamped with work and travel: a week in Montreal, a week in Cabo, Mexico (yes, I know, not a lot of sympathy there!), a week in Chicago and Wisconsin, a week in Portugal coming up. But we will do another show soon, I promise, so please hang in there!


  6. Julian B.

    I must say I’m glad you’ve been to Canada-if you’re around here sometime you might be interested in researching a person from the war of 1812 as a subject for the biography podcast…

    Not that I like war… But that one’s a personal favourite.


  7. Paul Caspall

    Hey David, good to hear there’s a new Nap101 around the corner. In the meantime, I’m going back to the start…!

    Keep on taking your medicine!


  8. Abraham J.

    Cameron & David,

    I downloaded the entire Napoleon 101 podcast library, via iTunes, and I am glad that I did. I am student of Latin American history and I must say that I have a particular interest in a couple of podcasts that you did a while back (new to me since I’m playing catch up) on the Iberian Peninsula campaign. I am focusing on 19th century Latin America and while this is a bit of a tangent, I hope that if you touch upon this topic again, that you let the listeners know of the significant impact Napoleon’s invasion had on Latin America. Not only did the Portuguese royal family leave Lisbon and head for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (this created a new “royal court in the Americas”) but also the fact that Spain’s colonies were left to fend for themselves, ultimately, and eventually, towards independence. While I am not giving Napoleon credit for Latin America’s independence, I will say that the Iberian campaign had indirect consequences on Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Americas. In any case, I enjoy the podcast, keep up the good work, and I look forward to catching up and fueling a new found interest in Napoleon.

    Best wishes mates and keep taking your medicine,
    Abraham J.
    California, United States

  9. Andrew Maxim

    Hello David and Cameron, I have to tell you how much I love the podcast. I listened to all of the episodes once and found myself still wanting to learn more about Napoleon, so I started listening to the podcasts again, there is just so much information contained in each one that listening to them twice is proving not to be redundant. I was wondering if David could recommend a book on Napoleon that covers his whole life (one by Mr. Markham would be great if he has written one like that). I was also wondering about a forthcoming podcast on Julius Caesar, is that still a possibility? I sincerely hope so…thanks for all the great shows! Andy

  10. Maxamillion

    Is this podcast finished? There seems to be a few topics that have yet to be explored indepth. The Louisiana Purchase and the the Haitian Revolution would be intresting.

  11. kathleen

    Alex may I suggest you record your books in audio format? You speak English so well and it’s easier to comprehend Russian names and places when they’re spoken vs. trying to read them.

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