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Old 28th November 2020, 03:55 PM   #96
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Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
The underlying philosophy behind France and the UK's reluctance for military action was WWI. WWI left deep scars in the men who fought, and then fifteen to twenty years later found themselves in positions of power in those countries.
Some held that the French had 'depleted its population of brave men' by the heavy lost of men in the two decades of war during the revolution and the Napoleonic Empire.

The effect of the war on France over this time period was considerable. Estimates of the total French losses during the wars vary from 500, 000 to 3 million dead. According to David Gates, the Napoleonic Wars cost France at least 916,000 men. This represents 38% of the conscription class of 17901795. This rate is over 14% higher than the losses suffered by the same generation one hundred years later fighting Imperial Germany.The French population suffered long-term effects through a low male-to-female population ratio. At the beginning of the Revolution, the numbers of males to females was virtually identical. By the end of the conflict only 0.857 males remained for every female
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