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  • Book/Printed Material
    French Guiana. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. French Guiana is Number 137 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after the...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 78 pages

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    French Morocco. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. French Morocco is Number 101 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after the...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 114 pages

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    French Guinea. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. French Guinea is Number 103 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after the...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 82 pages

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    French Somaliland. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. French Somaliland is Number 109 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after the...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 42 pages

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    French equatorial Africa. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. French Equatorial Africa is Number 108 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 88 pages

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    French West Africa. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. French West Africa is Number 100 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 36 pages

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    French possessions in Oceania. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. French Possessions in Oceania is Number 145 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 86 pages

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  • Map
    Le royaume de France. "This map of the Kingdom of France is attributed to Alexis-Hubert Jaillot and Guillaume Sanson, son of Nicolas Sanson, who is widely considered to have been the father of French cartography. Although dated 1724, in the monarchy of Louis XV, the map appears to be one of the last known reprints of Jaillot's L'Atlas français (French atlas) of 1690, published more than two decades...
    • Contributor: Jaillot, Alexis Hubert - Sanson, Guillaume
    • Date: 1724
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    France and the Levant. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section with responsibility for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. France and the Levant is Number 66 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 48 pages

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    French possessions in India. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. French Possessions in India is Number 77 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 74 pages

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    The Game of France.
    Le Jeu de France
    Pierre Duval (1619-83) was a nephew of the great French geographer Nicolas Sanson (1600-67) who rose to become "geographer to the king" in his own right. In the 1660s and 1670s he published a large number of atlases and geographic works. Duval was the first in France to conceive of geographical games that aimed to inform and instruct while providing entertainment. Jeu de France...
    • Contributor: Duval, Pierre
    • Date: 1659
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    French Indo-China. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. French Indo-China is Number 78 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after the...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 90 pages

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    The Major Chronicles of France.
    Grandes Chroniques de France
    Grandes Chroniques de France (The major chronicles of France) is a compilation of the history of France, begun during the reign of Saint Louis (ruled as King Louis IX, 1226-70) and completed between the 13th and the 15th centuries. The manuscripts in this volume were completed in 1375-77, and comprise two sections of the chronicles dealing with two separate periods: from the origins of...
    • Contributor: Raoulet D'orléans - Du Trévou, Henri - Master of the Coronation of Charles VI - Master of the Coronation of Charles V - Remiet, Pierre
    • Date: 1375
    • Resource: - 1104 pages

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    The History of Modern France. Tarikh Faransa al-Hadith (The history of modern France) is a biography of Napoleon Bonaparte rather than, as suggested by the title, a general history of France. The author states that "France is the closest country to us in the Orient commercially and linguistically. We have chosen this topic as serviceable history, that is, the fundamental art upon which public policies, action, and planning are...
    • Contributor: Dahdah, Khattar, 1922 - Bustānī, Salīm
    • Date: 1884
    • Resource: - 524 pages

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Great Cameo of France.
    Grand camée de France
    The Grand Camée de France (Great cameo of France), the largest cameo sculpture to survive from the ancient world, contains 24 engraved figures arrayed in three registers. The general meaning and the political goals of this commissioned work are clear: its aim is to assert the dynastic continuity and legitimacy of the Julio-Claudian emperors of the Roman Empire (the first five emperors: Augustus, Tiberius,...
  • Map
    Map of France's Post Offices.
    Carte particulière des postes de France
    Drawn by Alexis-Hubert Jaillot (circa 1632-1712) in 1690, the Carte particulière des postes de France (Particular map of the post offices of France) was preceded by the work of geographer Nicolas Sanson (1600--67), including his 1632 Carte géographique des Postes qui traversent la France (Geographical map of post offices throughout France). The evolution of the mapping of the postal network sheds light on various...
    • Contributor: Cordier, Louis, 1711 - Jaillot, Alexis-Hubert
    • Date: 1690
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Book/Printed Material
    Two years in the French West Indies Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was an international writer best known for his books about Japan. Born on the Greek island of Lefkáda, the son of an Irish father and a Greek mother, he was raised in England, Ireland, and France and immigrated to the United States at age 19. He lived first in Cincinnati, where he landed a job as a journalist, and then moved...
    • Contributor: Hearn, Lafcadio
    • Date: 1890

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    French Mandate for Togoland.
    Mandat français sur le Togo/ French Mandate for Togoland
    As a consequence of World War I, Germany was stripped of its colonies and the Ottoman Empire was partitioned and forced to surrender control of territories in the Middle East. The Covenant of the League of Nations established a system under which the League conferred upon certain states a mandate to rule those former colonies which, in the language of the Covenant, were "inhabited...
    • Contributor: League of Nations. Council - France
    • Date: 1922
    • Resource: - 15 pages

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Samuel de Champlain. Governor-General of Canada (New France).
    Samuel de Champlain. Gouverneur Général du Canada (N.elle France)
    There are no surviving portraits of Samuel de Champlain made during his lifetime. This lithograph is a counterfeit produced in circa 1854. It is based on the portrait of a contemporary of Champlain's, Michel Particelli d'Emery (superintendent of finances under King Louis XIII), which was engraved by Balthasar Montcornet in Paris in 1654. At the bottom of the portrait, the forger signed the name...
    • Contributor: Moncornet, Balthasar - Morin, P.-L. (Pierre-Louis) - Villain, François Le, Active
    • Date: 1854
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Quebec and Lake Saint-John Railway: French Canadian Homestead, Saint-Prime.
    French Canadian Homestead (St. Prime)
    This image is part of a collection of 91 photographs taken between 1887 and 1890 by the Livernois Photography Studio of Quebec City. The photographs depict the development and economic expansion of the Saguenay Fjord and Lake Saint-John region of the province of Quebec at the end of the 19th century. Much of this growth was associated with the building of the new railroad...
    • Contributor: Livernois Photography Studio - Livernois, Jules-Ernest
    • Date: 1887
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Book/Printed Material
    Deeds of the Carolingian Kings of France and Their Predecessors. Presented here is a Latin manuscript from the 13th century, Latin 5926 in the collections of the National Library of France, which contains five separate texts relating to the history of France. The first is Gesta Regum Francorum (Deeds of the kings of France), also known as Liber historiae Francorum (The book of the history of the Franks), an anonymous eighth century chronicle covering...
    • Contributor: Einhard, Approximately 770-840 - Adémar, De Chabannes, 988
    • Date: 1200
    • Resource: - 310 pages

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  • Map
    Map of France Divided into Départements, Subdivided into Arrondissements.
    Carte de la France divisée en départemens, subdivisée en arrondissemens communaux
    This 1806 map of France shows the division of the country into départements (regions) and arrondissements (districts). The modern départements were created in 1790, following the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789, by the National Constituent Assembly, partly to weaken the old military and historical loyalties of the provinces and create a more coherent and loyal national system. Each département was run by...
    • Contributor: Belleyme, Pierre De - Barrière, Le Père
    • Date: 1806
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    Map of French Guyana and of the Island of Cayenne.
    Carte de la Guyane françoise et l'isle de Cayenne
    This map of French Guyana and the island of Cayenne is by Jacques Bellin (1703-72), a prolific cartographer attached to the French Marine Office. It reflects the careful mapping of bays, seas, and harbors that characterized 18th-century French naval cartography. In addition to the detailed information about the coast, Bellin's map includes notes about the interior of this part of South America, much of...
    • Contributor: Bellin, Jacques-Nicolas
    • Date: 1763
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    The Defense and Illustration of the French Language.
    La Deffence, et illustration de la langue francoyse
    Joachim Du Bellay was born in Anjou, western France, in about 1522. In 1549, he published l'Olive (The olive), his first collection of sonnets and the first cycle of love sonnets in the French vernacular. That same year, he put forward his ideas on the French language and poetic practices in this work, La Deffence, et illustration de la langue francoyse (The defense and...
    • Contributor: Du Bellay, Joachim
    • Date: 1549
    • Resource: - 100 pages

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    Seine Department, Paris and Others (French Military System). Nishi Amane (1829-97) studied in Osaka and in Edo (present-day Tokyo), where he learned English and Dutch, and was an instructor at the Bansho Shirabesho (Institute for the Study of Barbarian Books). He had studied in Holland during the Bakumatsu (the final years of the Edo period) in 1862-65. On the recommendation of Katsu Kaishu (1823-99), Nishi served at the Ministry of Defense and...
    • Contributor: Nishi, Amane
    • Date: 1873
    • Resource: - 19 pages

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