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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics: business, the economy and labor; energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation; government and politics; health and social services; international affairs; national security and terrorism; and rights and justice. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series.

French Officials Respond to Terrorist Attacks; Turkish President Calls for French Boycott : October 16 and October 26, 2020
French Officials Respond to Terrorist Attacks; Turkish President Calls for French Boycott
Linda Grimm

A suspected Islamist terrorist killed French schoolteacher Samuel Paty in October 2020 in retaliation for showing students caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The caricatures—considered by Muslims to be highly offensive to their religion—had been published by the Charlie Hebdo magazine in 2015, inciting another deadly attack that left twelve people dead and fueled a spate of Islamic violence in France. The Paty incident reignited longstanding domestic tensions surrounding Muslim immigration and integration, and the government’s subsequent crackdown on individuals and groups suspected of radicalization sparked outrage across the ...

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