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  • Loyalists and Patriots c. 1775

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    In c. 1775, at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the majority of Americans were neutral or ‘fence-sitters’. Both the British and the American patriots launched a propaganda campaign to garner support. The Americans won the propaganda war, with publications such as Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense’ calling for independence from... More
  • The Netherlands 1814

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    A provisional government, the Driemanschap, took over the Netherlands after its liberation from the French by Prussian and Russian forces in 1813. The principality of the United Netherlands was declared and the exiled William Frederick was made ‘Sovereign Prince’ and granted extensive powers. In 1815 the union of the United... More
  • The Paris Commune 18 March–28 May 1871

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    Following the Siege of Paris and the Prussian victory in the Franco-Prussian War legislative elections in France in February 1871 revealed a majority in favour of a form of republican royalism, the Third Republic. Parisians, fearing the new regime would be republican in name only began to organize their own... More
  • Treaty of Sèvres 1920

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    The Treaty of Sèvres, signed on 10 August 1920, set out the terms of the partition of the Ottoman Empire’s territories following its defeat in World War I. Besides massive territorial losses, the Ottoman Empire was forbidden from holding an army greater than 50,700 men, whilst its navy was massively... More
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