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World War One And The Franco-Prussian War

Yes, the former was decades after the latter.  But when I looked up the Franco-Prussian War, the references said that France was regionally divided in their attitudes toward the war.  Eastern France and Paris were the ones invaded, of course, but the southern and western regions of France had little enthusiasm for the war and regarded it as Paris's problem.

So what happened when World War One came around?  Was France less divided by then?



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That's an interesting question. I'm not sure there is a simple or comprehensive answer, however....

France was "modernised" during the 1880s, the third republic. Free, compulsory primary education was introduced and the use

of other languages than French was discouraged. Many different languages were spoken in France before this so national unity

wouldn't be a given in any crisis if you accept the unifying effect of a common language.

France was late in building extensive railway networks, the construction of public railways wasn't legalised until 1842 and the growth

of the railway network was initially quite slow. My view is that the railway network had a major role in unifying the country.






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I would agree partially; with the railroad assessment  The House of Rothchild made large investments in European railroads development; and they rarely made bad investments.  The French Nord line being a prime example. And Paris has historically been the preferred feeding grounds for radicals; the 1st Republic , the 1848 revolution, the commune killings of 1871, etc.     Perhaps the city earned a reputation of hostile separatism to rural France; as your statements suggest. 

However, I've always been of the opinion that the defeat of the 1870 war provided the tangible substance for military institutions cry of "la revanche", and that in turn helped to promote the republic's nationalism; particularly their armament programs and aggressive foreign sales of the same.  But chiefly their government's determination to secure an alliance of sorts with Russia.  Just my humble views......

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