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  • Essential To An Alliance Since France
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    On May 4, 1778, the Continental Congress of the United States of America ratified the two treaties that formed the Franco-American alliance. Why, one may ask, did France finally decide to offer the "rebel" Americans alliance in 1778 To explore the depth of this question fully, it is necessary to analyze the varying interpretations of historical evidence relating to this momentous time in American history. The American victory at the Battle of Saratoga in 1778, many historical critics believe, do...
  • Britain Closer To Russia's Ally France
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    Why Did British Diplomacy And Defence Policy Come To Be Linked With Understandings To France And Rus The chain of events which brought Europe to the brink of war in 1914 is very complicated. Historians have constantly argued over whether conflict was inevitable and tried to attribute the blame for the conflict of World War I. The possibility of war had existed for some time prior to 1914 as huge power blocks emerged across Europe. The alliance of Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy was balanced ...
  • Charles De Gaulle As A Great Leader
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    Charles de Gaulle's Vision of France At the end of World War II, many European countries were damaged politically, socially, and economically due to the invasion of Germany. Europe was in pieces and many people thought that it would never recover from such a devastating blow. However, during these hard times in search of hope and a better future, European countries pushed onward towards massive recovery and restoration of power. During this period a man by the name of Charles de Gaulle became a ...
  • Co Operation Between Great Britain And Russia
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    The Congress System - An Admirable And Enlightened Example Of International Co-operation After the Congress of Vienna it became apparent that there was a new hierarchy of power in Europe. The hegemony of France was destroyed and she had been replaced by Great Britain and Russia as the dominant force behind European affairs. Both these nations were peripheral powers with interests and possessions beyond Europe, but aside from this, the two had alarmingly little in common. They had been united in ...
  • Britain And France
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    French Foreign Policy 1870-1914 In the immediate aftermath of the Franco-Prussian war, France had signed the Treaty of Frankfurt. It angered many French men, and led to a deep hatred of Germans and a desire for revenge. As Thiers said 'Think of it always, speak of it never'. Although the 5 billion Franc indemnity was cleared quickly the burden of Alsace-Lorraine remained. France also wanted to re-establish herself as a great power. Nonetheless, French politicians realised they could never overco...
  • France Part Of The Concert Of Europe
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    'Defence of the Realm' was the all-important pre-occupation for Castlereagh, but not for Canning. Castlereagh was successful at defending the interests of Britain at the Vienna settlement in 1815. However, it was Canning between 1822-27 who maintained the 'Defence of the realm, but simultaneously built a stronger trading foundation and demonstrated that Britain was able to go it alone. The priority for Britain after the Napoleonic wars was to maintain a balance of power. Britain had no real inte...
  • Tension Between France Germany And Britain
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    Why tension increased during 1900 and 1914. Tension in Europe started in 1870-1 when Germany declared war on France. This war was obviously a short one but that meant nothing to the Germans. This meant nothing to the Germans because they had control of France's two main industrial cities, which were Alsace and Lorraine. After this the event gave France a thirst for revenge against Germany but could not face another war. Tension increased between France and Germany again after the first Moroccan ...

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