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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 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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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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Britain had not been involved in the outbreak of WWI, as Britain had no alliances that could force them to enter the war. If Britain actually entered the war was not in favor of France but in favor of themselves. The main reason of Britain to enter the war was to protect their vast global empire from being affected by the war. Additionally, Britain saw the ...


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At the time both England and France recognized the authority of the Church. Were there any attempt at having the Pope invited to adjudicate the succession amiably? At the time, England and France recognized the religious authority of the Church. At the time, the popes claimed to be the rightful secular rulers of all the world. But most medieval kings ...


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I think the better answer would come from asking why the French Columns failed in Spain whereas they were spectacularly successful everywhere else save Russia where infantry just doesn't matter too much. I can't say I know the answer to the question "why did the French get mauled in Spain" but certainly when you're moving in a series of columns the "will ...


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Napoleonic wars key final were Spain and Russia. Napoleon was so confident that he has enough army to conquer europe that he never expected that he will be defeated in these countries and start his retreat into France. Napoleon angried whole Europe provocking a big coalition against him and with it the surrender of France. In Spain, he thought that Spanish ...


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In 1803, about 25 years after France bankrolled the American Revolution, she received $15 million from the new republic for the purchase of "Louisiana," a territory she nearly lost in the Seven Years' War, and was about to lose again. This was an unforeseeable, but not totally unforeseen result; France hoped to trade with the new "American" nation. Nobles ...


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We will never know for sure because when they burned heretics they also burnt all things with their image on them.



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