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The 20th century, a tumultuous time | From 1945 to the present day

The 20th century, a tumultuous time | From 1945 to the present day

Paris had its finest hours of glory and some of its darkest moments during the 20th century. A look back at the second half of this tumultuous century. Paris under the reign of Charles de Gaulle In 1958, just after he came to power, Charles de Gaulle wanted to get to grips with the situation […]...

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March 19, 2015 | 1:32 pm |

Reforms and the Industrial Revolution | The 19th Century

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Important administrative reforms were carried out during the 19th century. They became the basis for modern-day French society. The industrial revoluation had a profound effect on everyday life. Napoleon Bonaparte’s initiatives were many: 1800 saw the foundation of the Banque de France, and the establishment of the Prefects, putting an end to local autonomy. The […]...

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October 16, 2013 | 2:16 pm |

The Dreyfus Affair | The 19th Century

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Board Game of the Dreyfus Affair – Date : 1898 – Author unknown – Wikipedia – Royalty free Between 1894 and 1899, the Dreyfus Affair was the catalyst for the worst crisis yet within the Republic. The people of France split into two impassioned camps : the dreyfusards and the antidreyfusards. The writer Emile Zola […]...

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October 16, 2013 | 2:06 pm |

The Lumière Brothers, Founding Fathers of Cinema | The 19th Century

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Auguste (1862-1954) and Louis (1864-1948), the Lumière brothers, the founding fathers of cinema. They commercialised instant photography plates, then autochrome plates, and become the founding fathers of cinematography. The first private cinematographic showing took place in Paris on March 22 1895 on the premises of the Société d’Encouragement pour l’Industrie Nationale (Society for the Enc...

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October 15, 2013 | 7:40 am |

A Major Western Capital | Paris in the Middle Ages

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Paris, the Capital. The city of Paris was never officially declared the capital, but it happened progressively after 1000 AD, once the Royal Treasury, the archives and institutions, including religious institutions, assembled there. During the Middle Ages, the city developed on the right bank: economic power was located at place de Grève, a gently sloping […]...

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May 7, 2013 | 12:03 pm |

Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years’ War | Paris in the Middle Ages

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The Hundred Years’ War. Paris had become the biggest financial centre in the Western world. The Middle classes wanted emancipation from royal power. The Hundred Years’ War against the English, which began in 1337, and the epidemic of the black plague in 1348 brought about a serious economic crisis. When the king of France, John […]...

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May 6, 2013 | 9:36 am |

Monuments | Paris in the Middle Ages

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The Palais de la Cité After Clovis, king of the Franks from 465 to 511 who had settled in Paris, kings became nomadic. Robert the Pious, king from 996 to 1031, the son of  Hugues Capet, began in around 1030 the rebuilding of the Palais de la Cité, a seat of royal power from the […]...

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May 6, 2013 | 9:06 am |

Royalty, the Wars of Religion | Paris during the Renaissance (16th Century)

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Kings of the Renaissance Period The Valois Branch Louis XII (1462-1515) : King of France from 1498 to 1515. Francis I (1494-1547) : King of  France from 1515 to 1547. Henri II (1519-1559): King of France from 1547 to 1559. He was married to Catherine de Médicis, queen of France. He died during a tournament […]...

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May 4, 2013 | 6:44 am |

French as Official Language | Paris during the Renaissance (16th Century)

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The “Collège Royal”, future “Collège de France” In 1530, at the instigation of Guillaume Budé (1467-1560), Francis I  founded the body of the “Lecteurs Royaux”, which was housed in the Royal College (or “College of the Three Languages”, which would later become the “Collège de France”). The intellectual influence of the city was cons...

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May 4, 2013 | 6:10 am |

Medecine | Paris during the Renaissance (16th century)

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Ambroise Paré (born in 1509 or 1510, died 1590) was the greatest practitioner of the Renaissance An accomplished doctor and the father of surgery, he attended to four successive kings. After time spent as a military doctor, he consecrated the later part of his life to treating all kinds of people and writing his works. […]...

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May 4, 2013 | 6:06 am |

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