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Actually the border between Germanic and Romance languages never correlated closely with any political borders until modern nationalistic governments forced schooling in the national languages. And it still includes at least two multi-lingual countries, Belgium and Switzerland. People preferred to speak the language that everyone else in their area spoke ...


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The Franks were a German tribe, speaking a Germanic language. They conquered part of the Roman Empire roughly corresponding to modern-day France. However, the common folk in that area spoke Latin, and never stopped just because their ruling class was now German. Over time their Latin language drifted until it became the language we now call "French". ...


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Defense of German heritage against Romans The biggest reason for how Lands East of Rhine retained their German identity (unlike Gauls of modern day France who lost their Celtic identity) is Battle of Teutoburg Forest where Germans won decisive victory against Roman invasions. After this battle, Romans never seriously attempted to conquer German lands in ...



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