Columbia Encyclopedia

Search results

500 results found

Franco, Francisco

(Encyclopedia)Franco, Francisco fränthēsˈkō frängˈkō [key], 1892–1975, Spanish general and caudillo [leader]. He became a general at the age of 32 after commanding the Spanish Foreign Legion in Morocco. Du...

Corelli, Franco

(Encyclopedia)Corelli, Franco kōrĕlˈlē [key], 1921–2003, Italian tenor. He made his operatic debut at Spoleto in 1952 as Don José in Bizet's Carmen and debuted with the Metropolitan Opera in 1961, singing M...

Sacchetti, Franco

(Encyclopedia)Sacchetti, Franco frängˈkō säk-kĕtˈtē [key], c.1330–1400, Italian author. He held a number of public offices in Florence and wrote lyric verse and moral discourses. He is best remembered for ...

Modigliani, Franco

(Encyclopedia)Modigliani, Franco, 1918–2003, American economist, b. Rome. Jewish, antifascist, and trained as a lawyer, he fled Mussolini's Italy in 1938, settling in the United States in 1939, where he studied e...

Zeffirelli, Franco

(Encyclopedia)Zeffirelli, Franco frängˈkō zāf-fērĕlˈlē [key], 1923–2019, Italian opera, stage, and film director and designer, b. Florence as Gianfranco Corsi Zeffirelli. Zeffirelli had his first successe...

Franco, Itamar Augusto

(Encyclopedia)Franco, Itamar Augusto, 1930–2011, Brazilian political leader. He began his political career as mayor (1966–74) of his hometown, Juiz de Fora, and was subsequently (1974, 1982) elected to the Braz...

Franco-German War

(Encyclopedia)Franco-German War, 1870–71: see Franco-Prussian War. ...

Franco-Prussian War

(Encyclopedia)Franco-Prussian War or Franco-German War, 1870–71, conflict between France and Prussia that signaled the rise of German military power and imperialism. It was provoked by Otto von Bismarck (the Prus...

Serrano Súñer, Ramón

(Encyclopedia)Serrano Súñer, Ramón rämōnˈ sĕräˈnō so͞onyĕrˈ [key], 1901–2003, Spanish politician. A conservative member of the Cortes (1933–36), he joined his brother-in-law, Francisco Franco, earl...

Ferrol

(Encyclopedia)Ferrol fārôlˈ [key], city, A Coruña prov., NW Spain, in Galicia. The naval base on the At...

Browse by Subject