Posted by murrisk on January 08, 2001 at 17:47:33:
In Reply to: Re: Altar(ed) Memories posted by Butch on January 08, 2001 at 06:32:41:
Failte isteach Camille. I hope you are not tempting fate by calling her a "blow-in". Wasn't there a hurricane by the name of Camille in the 1960's (?) which did damage to Ireland? Maybe Phil knows something we don't. Reuben could be closer to the truth. After the Napoleonic wars the Congress of Vienna (1815) settled the national boundaries of the new Europe. The multiplicity of free cities and principalities that had formed the earlier Germany were largely eliminated. Austria-Hungary was the premier power in the Germanic world and remained so up to the end of the Prussian-Austrian war (1866). Thereafter, Prussia was the dominant power. In the course of the Franco-Prussian war (1870-71), King William I of Prussia was declared emperor of the new German Reich, at Versailles,on January 19, 1871. In other words, the new German empire was declared on French soil. At the end of World War I, France had Germany sign its surrender in a railway carriage at Versailles. After the French capitulation in 1940, Hitler had France sign its surrender in the same railway carriage. Afterwards, he had the carriage burned.
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