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  • Senghor's Poems
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    L's 'ear Senghor Senegalese poet and statesman, founder of the Senegalese Democratic Bloc. Senghor was elected president of Senegal in the 1960's. He retired from office in 1980. He was one of the originators of the concept of N', defined as the literary and artistic expression of the black African experience. In historical context the term has been seen as a reaction against French colonialism and a defence of African culture. It has deeply influenced the strengthening of African identity in th...
  • Defensive Plan And Other Factors The Germans
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    Before the importance of Blitzkrieg in the German campaigns of 1939 and 1940 can be evaluated, Blitzkrieg must first be defined. Translated Blitzkrieg means ight ning war it was a new method of fighting campaigns with the aim of: defeating countries quickly to avoid a two-front war and avoiding the attritional battles that had ultimately lost the Germans the First World War. The results of Blitzkrieg were intended to be fewer casualties, no need to mobilise the economy for war because the war wo...
  • French Defeat In World War II
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    Marc Bloch documents the French defeat in World War II, recounting from his own personal experiences as a member in the French Resistance, as well as a soldier in both World Wars. Not only does Strange Defeat detail the French failure in World War II militarily, but also economically, and more important, socially. It provides a unique insight, objectively and informatively, into the manner of the downfall of France Marc Bloch took part in the French Resistance after the German occupation. He was...
  • Former French Colonies In Africa
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    France's Third Republic had fallen less than a year after the beginning of the Second World War. Much of France itself was occupied by German forces and a quasi-fascist French government was set up at Vichy under World War I hero Marshal Phillipe Petain. Although it was not apparent at the time, an even more dramatic change had been set into motion by these events. The existing system of colonial economic dependence was torn to pieces as French administrations around the world attempted to decid...
  • German Army Chief Of Staff
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    In 1904 France and Britain signed the Entente Cordiale. The reason for this alliance was to get a few countries grouped together against the perceived threat of Germany's powerful army. Talk also began to add Russia to this alliance bringing all three, France, Britain and Russia together. As a result of these alliances the German military began to fear the possibility of being attacked from both sides all at once from France, Britain and Russia. Germany gave Alfred von Schlieffen, the German Arm...
  • 300000 Germans And 460000 French
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    World War I Nothing was a bigger disaster than what happened in World War I. This was such a bad war because everyone in the world has allies, and the allies are in oath to help there ally when things get rough or that country is going to war. What I am here to inform you about is how one of the major countries and why one of the biggest powers in the world played a big part in World War I. This country is no other than France, a country who has a lot of say in Europe, and has many allies throug...
  • New Germans In The Legion
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    At first the intelligence officers at the headquarters of the French Foreign Legion in Sidi Bel Abb's, Algeria, were puzzled. The Legion had always had a large complement of Germans in its ranks, but now, in spite of the Nazis' widespread campaign to discourage Germans from enlisting, even larger numbers were pouring in. In the late 1930's, as more and more young Germans were joining that famous fighting force, the German press was violently attacking it, and the Nazi government demanded that re...
  • Anti Nazi Laws
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    Americans think of Europeans as essentially like themselves. They believe European societies are like their own-rooted in the rule of law, freedom of religion, democratic government, market competition, and an unfettered press. In recent years, however, Europeans have given up an essential liberty: freedom of speech. It is true that in the United States prevailing orthodoxies on some questions are ruthlessly enforced but it is still legal to say just about anything. Not so in much of Europe. In ...
  • Resentment Of The French And The Germans
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    Franco-Prussian War, war in 1870-1871 lost by France to the German states under the leadership of Prussia. The underlying causes of the conflict were the determination of the Prussian statesman Prince Otto Edward Leopold von Bismarck to unify Germany under Prussian control and, as a step toward this goal, to eliminate French influence over Germany. On the other hand, Napoleon, emperor of France from 1852 to 1870, sought to regain both in France and abroad the prestige lost as a result of numerou...
  • Known Schlieffen Plan And The French
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    Introduction The Western Front during the course of World War I was a virtual stalemate. There are a number of reasons for this lack of movement including tacticalunderachievements, technological improvements, and the hindrances caused by massive opposing armies in a small, restrictive area. These, however do not include the very important and often overlooked reason: lack of good leadership. Tactical Under achievements As is commonly known, Germany fought on opposite sides of the line from theF...
  • Most Famous French Bird Dish
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    It was once said by a French poet by the name of Joseph Berchoux, A poem never was worth a dinner. The French, ever so after the Nepolianic era, caught on to the euro-wave of fads and became the world center for food, housing restaurant after restaurant, inventing and improvising dishes and wine production for the public to gluttonize. If it wasnt for that smart baker in Paris who is credited with making the first restaurat, a place where individual tables were set up and both food and drink wer...
  • End Of The Battle Of The Somme
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    Customarily any contemporary scholar or historian would agree with the fact that a successful battle is one that is planned, orchestrated, and accomplished in such an enigmatic and intricate manner that the attacking side of the battle will prevail and will also benefit both economically and militarily. However the Battle of Verdun and the Battle of the Somme had thwarted the very notion of the "successful battle", as neither the Allies nor the Germans had made any significant gains, achievement...
  • French German Border
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    QUESTION What accounts for the defeat of France in 1940? What factors played the most decisive role in the allied defeat: faulty strategy, inferior technology, numbers, ... ? Was the fall of France inevitable in 1940? INTRODUCTION On 10 May 1940, nearly six months after Hitler gave the original order for his army's to advance towards France, the Blitzkrieg began. With-in six weeks time France had fallen and the face of the civilized world had suddenly changed. Some believe that the defeat of Fra...
  • German Trenches
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    In 1916, the French were taken by surprise at Verdun, trapped by the Germans. Quickly, Britain had to make an attempt to free the French army from their superior opposition. The plan was to make an attack at the Somme and then after defeating the Germans, free their French counterparts. However, the Germans were using scout planes and observer balloons, making themselves aware of the impeding British assault. They dug themselves deep in twelve-metre deep trenches; because there was nothing else ...
  • The Battles Of Verdun And Somme
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    In World Was I there were many battles but two stand out as more important than the others. The two biggest and most horrifying battles of the World War I were the Battles of Verdun and Somme. The battle of Somme was much more significant compared to the Battle of Verdun in WWI. Both battles were appalling and very tragic but the battle of Somme helped turn the war around for the French. The first major German offensive occurred at Verdun, in 1916 against the French, and not long after, in June ...
  • Third French Republic And The German Empire
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    The Franco-Prussian War, was a war in 1870-1871, which the French lost to the German states while they were under the leadership of Prussia. The underlying causes of the conflict were the Prussian statesman Prince Otto Edward Leopold von Bismarck's desire to unify Germany under Prussian control and, to eliminate French influence over Germany. On the other hand, Napoleon, emperor of France from 1852 to 1870, wanted to regain the prestige he had lost, both at home and abroad, as a result of numero...
  • Germans And Hitler
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    Hitler Adolf Hitler, the simple mention of his name conjures up memories of total war, death and destruction on an unprecedented scale, and always the deaths of millions of Jews and other undesirables in the Holocaust. How did this happen? How was it possible that a failed artist could rebuild Germany in just six years, challenge the world to mortal combat, and nearly win? He simply possessed what few other politicians of his day had, he was a man driven by an unquenchable thirst for revenge and...

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