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Adolphe Thiers

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — World History.

(1797–1877).

French journalist, historian, and statesman. The only son of a modest Marseille family, educated at the lycée there and at the law faculty of Aix‐en‐Provence, he...

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Franco-Prussian War

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The war of 1870–1 between France (under Napoleon III) and Prussia, in which Prussian troops advanced into France and decisively defeated the French at Sedan. The defeat marked the end of...

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Georges Clemenceau

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(1841–1929)

French statesman, Prime Minister (1906–09; 1917–20). A radical politician and journalist, he persistently opposed the government during the early years of World War I,...

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John Jay

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(1745–1829)

American statesman and jurist. He was a member of the first and second Continental Congresses, became Chief Justice of New York, a member of Congress, Minister to Spain...

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Jules Ferry

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(1832–93)

French statesman. Prefect of the Seine (1870–71) during its siege in the Franco-Prussian War, his narrow escape (18 March 1871) from the Paris Commune left him with a...

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Louis Auguste Blanqui

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(1805–81)

French radical thinker and revolutionary leader. He launched an attack on the Paris Hotel de Ville in 1839. Sentenced to death, his sentence was later commuted to life...

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Louis XV

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(1710–74)

King of France (1715–74), a great grandson of Louis XIV. During his minority Philippe, duc d'Orléans was regent, followed by Cardinal Fleury. After Fleury's death in 1743...

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Paris

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Was in antiquity a Gallo-Roman town known as Lutetia, which was confined to the island in the Seine known since 508 (when it became Clovis's capital) as La Cité. Both ...

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