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Put four types of questions to the given sentences.
Model: The official name of the country is the Federal Republic
1. Is the official name of the country the Federal Republic of
2. Is the official name of the country the Federal Republic of
Germany or Republic of Germany?
3. The official name of the country is the Federal Republic of
Germany, isn’t it?
4. What is the official name of the country?
5. What is the Federal Republic of Germany?
1. Germany borders on Poland, Czech Republic, Austria,
Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands and
2. It is washed by the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
3. Historically Germany had covered a long way from a dispersement
of territory in its early periods to a united republic
4. Bavaria was granted to the house of Wittelsbach in 1180.
Sum up the information about Germany and its history.
FRANCE. GENERAL INFORMATION
AND HISTORICAL SURVEY
They say that „everyone has two homes – one’s own and
France”. For centuries France has been a wellspring of inspiration
in art, music, and literature; a fountainhead for many of the world
great ideas. The language of the country is still a second worldpopular
one on the planet. In France, taste and elegance are in the
air, and simply being there is an exhilarating experience. It is a
dynamic country where much of Europe’s intellectual and artistic
pace are set. French people create valuable new traditions to add
to the glorious old ones.
French Republic, the largest country in the Western Europe,
has an area of approximately 546,490 square kilometres. It borders
on Spain in the south, Italy and Switzerland in the east, and
Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium in the northeast. But about
half of France’s total border is formed by coastline, with the
Mediterranean on the southeast and the Atlantic and the English
Channel (La Manche, or „the sleeve”, to the French) on the west
The capital of France is Paris, one of the most beautiful and
specific European cities with an ancient history. „The holiday which
is always with you”, as famous American writer Ernest Hemingway
used to name it, Paris has been attracting people magnetically
since its very foundation, from the time it was called Lutecia.
In ancient times the history of the country was rather dramatic.
By 51 B.C., Roman legions under Julius Caesar had conquered
much of the land called Gaul – an area that included all of
present day France as well as Belgium and Switzerland. Though
Greek and Phoenician traders had settled on the Mediterranean
coast centuries ago, Caesar’s victory marked the beginning of
more than five centuries of outside rule. Under the Romans, cities
(including Lyons, Nimes, and Arles) were built, and a communication
network – roads, bridges, and aqueducts – was set to serve
them. Some of the bridges, such as the Pont du Gard in Lanquedoc,
are still used today. In many parts of France modern highways
lie above the ancient Roman roads. Roman civilization came
with conquest, and in culture and language Gaul gradually became
a Latin country.
In the third century A.D., Gaul experienced the first invasions
across its eastern boundaries by wandering Germanic tribes. Over
the next two centuries more and more of these invaders – notably
Franks, Burgundians, and Visigoths – swept into Gaul. Rome no
longer had the strength to push them back. Towards the end of the
5th century, the Franks decisively defeated the last remnants of
Roman power and gained control of most of Gaul. By 500 A.D. a
Frankish kingdom under King Clovis had accepted Christianity.
The kings who followed Clovis had to fight off new invaders. In
732 the Franks defeated a Muslim army that had crossed the Pyrenees
from Spain. By 800, when Charlemagne (Charles the Great)
was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope, the Franks in29
cluded to their territory parts of present-day Austria, Germany,
Italy and Croatia. Under Charlemagne the Holy Roman Empire
grew even larger. Charlemagne set up schools, gave France a code
of laws, and strengthened the emperor’s authority. After his death,
however, the central power declined, the kingdom was divided
among Charlie’s grandsons. The western part became Francia, the
nucleus of today’s France. In the second half of the 9th century
disastrous raids by Vikings nearly destroyed the king’s power
In 987 Hugh Capet was elected King of France by the nobles.
Gradually, with the support of merchants and the growing middle
class in the cities he strengthened the monarchy. By the 13th century
the king of France had become the most powerful ruler in Europe.
French agriculture flourished. Guilds in the towns and cities
produced quality goods. Foreign trade increased. French universities
attracted scholars from all over Europe. In every way France
became a European centre of styles and ideas.
The later Middle Ages were signed with a serious conflict between
the king of France, Philip IV, and the Church. In 1305 a
Frenchman was elected Pope Clement V. He had the papal palace
moved to Avignon, in southern France, and for the next 70 years
the popes were almost puppets of the French Crown. Only in 1378
the papacy returned to Rome.
The second conflict was that of English claims to the French
throne: since William, the Duke of Normandy, became king of
England in 1066, English kings had held sizable lands in France
and that’s why claimed to be kings there as well. In 1337 Edward
III of England invaded France, and the war known as The Hundred
Years War began. The English troops won Crecy, Poitiers,
and Agincourt, but they were unable to seize the French throne. In
1420’s a young farm girl Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) appeared at
the French court with „a God’s commander to lead the French
armies and to have the Dauphin – the rightful heir to the throne –
to be crowned at Rheims”. Her leadership turned the situation
greatly. Although she was betrayed and burned at the stake later
on, her courage so inspired the French that they were finally able
to chase the invaders out. In 1429 the Dauphin was crowned
Charles VII, and by 1450 the French had recaptured most of their
lands. When the war ended, the French Crown was far more
stronger and the land of France more unified than before.
The religious clashing appeared in France in the 16th century,
when the Reformation, based on the ideas of Martin Luther, began.
Many nobles and even some members of the royal family
became Huguenots (Protestants). France was divided into factions,
and civil war broke out. In 1572, by royal order, thousands of Huguenots
were killed in Paris and other French cities. Stability returned
in 1598, when King Henry IV, who had been converted
from Protestantism to Catholicism, issued the Edict of Nantes,
which allowed the Huguenots some religious freedom.
Under Henry IV France regained its prosperity and began to
acquire colonies in the New World. But in 1610 Henry was assassinated.
His queen, Marie de Medicis, became regent for their
young son, King Louis XIII. There appeared the dissent between
the nobility, the conflict between Huguenots and Catholics; the
royal power was weakened.
In 1614 Cardinal de Richelieu became Louis XIII’s chief
minister with nearly absolute control over all aspects in the country
life. Step by step he turned France into the strongest state of
Europe. Richelieu crushed all kinds of opposition inside France,
levied high taxes, encouraged foreign trade and expanded the
French Empire in North America, the Caribbean and elsewhere. In
foreign policy Richelieu opposed the powerful Habsburg monarchies
of Austria and Spain, and as a result France went into the
Thirty Years War. Cardinal Richelieu managed to restore royal
power and set the stage for the absolute monarchy of Louis XIV.
Louis XIV came to the throne as a child in 1643. For the first
18 years of his 72-year reign Richelieu’s policies were continued
by new chief minister, Cardinal Mazarini. When at last Louis XIV
began to rule for himself, he was the strongest king in Europe. In
1685 he revoked the Edict of Nantes, and the Huguenots were to
suffer great indignities or even to be expelled if they refused to
convert. He involved France in costly wars with Spain, the Netherlands
and England but actually gained little for the country. He
announced himself to be the God’s representative on the earth
responsible to no one. „L’etat c’est moi” („The state is me”) he
used to say, reflecting the centralized power of „le roi soleil” („the
In the early 18th century the next French monarch, Louis XV,
succeeded a throne. Royal power seemed to be strong but below
the surface there appeared troubles. France was defeated by England
in the Seven Years War and lost much of its territories in
North America. The inner dissatisfaction with social, political and
economic conditions together with growth of an able, educated
middle class, led to a crisis. Protests, riots and dissent grew into a
revolution which swept the old regime. Crown, church and privilege
inspiration – натхнення;
to push back – виганяти;
to flourish – процвітати;
to betray – зраджувати;
to expand – розширяти;
dissatisfaction – незадоволення.
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