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answered Why did the French insist on reclaiming Indo-China after WWII?
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comment Why did the French insist on reclaiming Indo-China after WWII?
You would probably learn a lot from reading Jacques Dalloz' The War in Indo-China 1945-54. Do you belong to a good library, such as a University library? If you want to buy it Amazon UK are asking about £95 for the hardback.
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comment Were non German soldiers treated differently than German soldiers in the German army during the Great War?
You need to get into some library catalogues. But a quick look on Amazon revealed this for the Kindle price of £1.19.
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comment Why did the French insist on reclaiming Indo-China after WWII?
And one of the reasons both France and America failed in Vietnam was that they did not have sufficient troops trained in jungle fighting. In Malaya Britain used the Gurkhas for the really difficult stuff, but had also acquired an expertise themselves in Burma against the Japanese.
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comment Why did the French insist on reclaiming Indo-China after WWII?
It is interesting that people criticise France over Indo-China, but you seldom hear such criticism of Britain's war against communists in Malaya (1948-1961), perhaps because the latter was successful. But there was a general view in the West in the late 1940s that communism needed to be contained. But what always puzzles me is why America thought, having seen the impossibility of a regular army winning in such conditions of well-supplied jungle insurgency that they might win where the French had failed.
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comment Were non German soldiers treated differently than German soldiers in the German army during the Great War?
@Bregalad There was a large population of French-speaking people in Alsace and Lorraine, which had been part of Germany since the close of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1. It should not be a difficult matter to research this but I feel fairly sure that the French population were conscripted into the German army.
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comment Were non German soldiers treated differently than German soldiers in the German army during the Great War?
There were also, of course, a large number of Jews who served in the German army. Even the fact of their having been awarded significant military decoration, did not prevent many from going to the gas chambers under Hitler.
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comment What was this small state in the south of France in 1789?
In 1789 there was no single unified manner in which French provinces were governed. Some were under the control of local aristocracy, some were governed by Intendants, part of a system instituted by Louis XIV. In some there were competing claims to government. Anything resembling the French language was spoken in less than 50% of the area of modern France. At the centre of Revolutionary ideology was an appeal to nationalism within its borders - La Patrie.
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comment British royal titles for regions not in Britain
If you were sent a High Court Writ of Summons in about 1950, it read something like: George VI, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India, COMMANDS that you attend the High Court at 10.00 o'clock in the forenoon of the 23rd day of September in the year of Our Lord 1950.
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comment British royal titles for regions not in Britain
One remarkable fact is that it was Queen Victoria who first took the title Empress of India, though she never visited the country.
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comment Why does the rooster symbolise France?
@T.E.D. Well Sunday School then! (Religion, nowadays, isn't much taught in non-church schools in Britain either.)
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comment Why does the rooster symbolise France?
@T.E.D. It must cause hilarity when the James I version of the Bible is read in class. Snigger, snigger!
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comment Hitler And Nazism - Did Hitler ever express remorse over killing?
A book you might read is Albert Speer's Inside the Third Reich. Speer was an architect who came from an upper middle-class German family and was commissioned to design the great sets for Hitler's speeches. Eventually he became his Armaments Minister. At Nuremburg he received a long prison sentence (not the death penalty) and in the 1970s recanted a great deal of what had been done during the Nazi period. It is the nearest thing to an apologia by anyone close to the regime that I have ever read. It is about 40 years since I read it, but I feel sure you would find it interesting.
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comment Why does the rooster symbolise France?
@T.E.D. many decades ago I read a book called A History of American Prudery - or something like that. Many words were invented in Victorian America deliberately to avoid anything that might be suggestive of sex. In addition to this people employed vast and capacious table linen that covered the legs of tables (also with chairs) - since the legs could be suggestive of human anatomy. It seems quite astonishing that in 2015 Americans would not call a spade a spade, or a cock a cock!
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comment Why does the rooster symbolise France?
What interests me is the rather coy word rooster - uniquely American - for what is a cockerel or cock i.e. a male gallinaceous bird.
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comment Has a government ever been elected with the full 100% of the votes?
Are you restricting this to countries, or can we include organisations? The President of the Latter Day Saint Church is always elected with 100% show of hands. Anyone who votes against is likely to be seen as theologically suspect, and made the subject of some form of counselling.
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accepted How were blacks excluded from juries in the US southern states in the 1930s?
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comment How were blacks excluded from juries in the US southern states in the 1930s?
Thank you very much for your answer and for correcting and elaborating on my misunderstanding (I was, after all, only quoting from Wikipedia). Since asking the question, however, I have read the links provided by @T.E.D. which seem to point out all kinds of ways in which blacks were excluded from the voting rolls, and hence jury selection. It does appear from your answer that a great deal of power was in the hands of Jury Commissioners.
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