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


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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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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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Just taking your question about elections to Napoleon's Corps législatif, the French National Assembly describes the situation as having the final election decided by the Senate from candidates nominated from lower groups, themselves elected from even lower groups, eventually involving local citizens (men aged over 21). This has been described as a ...



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