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Rothschilds

[ (rawths-cheyeldz, rawth-cheyeldz, roht-shilts) ]
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A family of European financiers and bankers active since the eighteenth century. The Rothschilds had spectacular success in governmental finance in the nineteenth century, supporting, for example, the British against the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The family is spread through several nations to this day.

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