The Scientific Monthly Volume 8

The Scientific Monthly Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...years, but little attention to the activities of other nations on the other side of the water. The consequence is that many Americans do not realize what was the position of France in the middle of the nineteenth century; and many of you who are now listening to me will, I am sure, be rather skeptical if I tell you that, during this period, France was one of the most enterprising nations of the world, and developed, in the economic field, the same spirit of self-confidence and audacity that her preceding generation had shown to the world on the battlefields, during the Napoleonic wars. Yet this is the plain truth. During the years from 1850 to 1870, which was the period of the first development of railroads, French engineers were not content with constructing the railway systems of their own country. In Austria, in Italy, in Spain, railways were built by French engineers, with French capital. This was also done, a little later, in Russia. Harbors and great public works were also contracted for and built by French firms, led by French engineers. The Suez Canal was, I think, the greatest French success of that period. It was planned by a great Frenchman, who found, with the help of the French government, French capital to subscribe to the company, and French contractors and French engineers to do the work. May I add that, in this development of French industrial life, the part taken by Alsace and the Alsatians was most prominent. The war of 1870-71 was, for my country, the greatest blow she had ever received. We were, perhaps, at that time, too proud of our achievements. The fact is that the defeat not only deprived us of two provinces which were as much a part of France as any other French land; in addition, it destroyed, in the minds of those who...show more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 390g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236646827
  • 9781236646828