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history lecture 17 - History Lecture 17 4 July, an American...

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History Lecture 17 - 4 July, an American colonel made a speech on Independence Day, in Paris, on the Champs D’Elysee (main boulevard in Paris). He said very little other than a few niceties. He did say however, “Lafayette was here.” - It was the French’s intervention that led the Americans to be successful. A Franco-American partnership ensued, and that relationship has been a healthy one. There is nothing greater than the legacy of France’s support of human rights. The first draft of that came from Lafayette, which he modeled after the Declaration of Independence. - France’s involvement of the American war of independence ended up to be a disaster for France in the long term, it plunged the French monarchal state into economic ruin. This sparked revolutionary upheaval which destroyed the French monarchy. - It was evident that after in the aftermath of the 7 Years War (1756-63), that France was experiencing a serious eclipse in its power, with Prussia and Austria dominating the European scene to the detriment of France. - The Russo-Turkish War of 1768-74, which resulted in considerable gains for the Russian empire. Russia bullied Turkey into surrendering territory. - Poland 1772- Russia, Austria, Prussia grabbed pieces of Poland. In the 1790’s they completed the dismemberment of Poland, when they wiped it off the map permanently, and it wasn’t to be put back onto the map until the end of WWI. -
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