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Subject:  Re: OT: Reparations Date:  6/5/2001  2:33 AM
Author:  warrl Number:  40933 of 876380

The French paid in advance: Revolutionary War.

We in the US tend to be US-centric, and when looking back further than that, Europe-centric. Also, to a great degree, modernity-centric.

If we look a bit more broadly, we see a startlingly different picture.

The American Revolution, from the French perspective, was just one front in the *third* world war in a single 100-year period, between the French and the British. (The US's "French and Indian war", where George Washington first proved his stupidity as a military commander, was a front in the previous such war.)

And yes, I seriously mean the term "world war". They had land battles in North America, Africa, and Asia, and in the first two of these wars also in Europe. They had sea battles in the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Indian Ocean.

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