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The major periods in the School history

 1 - Revolutionary beginnings

 2 - An imperial, military and disciplined school 
 3 - A difficult Restoration 
 4 - Popular glory of revolutions of 1830 and 1848 
 5 - The Second Empire: A period of peace and work 
 6 - A Republican school 
 7 - Looking to the future 

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A selection of online books and documents concerning the history and traditions of the École.
» Bibliographical references

There is a very vibrant Polytechnique culture that consists of a large number of rites and traditions and is expressed through a slang vocabulary specific to the Ecole. Khomiss is the secret organisation responsible for maintaining these traditions.