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The History of France

Family Guide
The Gaulish chieftain Vercingetorix’s surrender to Julius Ceasar
The one theme that marks France’s past is the nation’s resilience – a tireless ability to bounce back from disasters. From being the most powerful country in Europe to fighting for survival and then rebuilding to attain its former glory, France has seen her fair share of ups and downs. But along with the wars and the revolutions also emerged ideals of chivalry, Gothic cathedrals, the metric system, the Declaration of the Rights of Man, pasteurization and modern art.

Prehistory to 121 BC

Humans have occupied France since ...

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