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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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Dossier BB3

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

Paris police file on pornographic photography, running to 303 manuscript pages and covering the years 1855–68. Although many 19th‐century police forces monitored the pornography industry,...

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economic and social aspects of photographic innovation

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

Photography arrived at an economically inauspicious moment: in the autumn of 1839, the USA, Britain, and Europe suffered a sharp recession that lasted until 1843. In Britain and France,...

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execution photographs

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

Have served various purposes. Photographers and picture editors have speculated on ghoulish curiosity. Governments and occupying authorities have invoked the camera's ‘unimpeachable...

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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

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — History.

(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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Hippolyte Auguste Collard

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(fl.1840–87), French commercial photographer.

Known mainly for his topographical and documentary photographs in and around Paris, Collard exhibited at the 1855 Paris Exposition...

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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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