The Franco-Prussian War: The German Invasion of France 1870 1871

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Taylor & Francis, Jul 30, 1981 - History - 536 pages
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In 1870 Bismarck ordered the Prussian Army to invade France, inciting one of the most dramatic conflicts in European history. It transformed not only the states-system of the Continent but the whole climate of European moral and political thought. The overwhelming triumph of German military might, evoking general admiration and imitation, introduced an era of power politics, which was to reach its disastrous climax in 1914.

First published in 1961 and now with a new introduction, The Franco-Prussian War is acknowledged as the definitive history of one of the most dramatic and decisive conflicts in the history of Europe.

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I learned a lot about the Franco-Prussian War but I wish the author realized not everyone can read three languages (English, German and French) or that the folks who may be read his book doesn't have ... Read full review

Review: The Franco-Prussian War: The German Invasion of France, 1870-1871

User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Sort of the classic, standard history of the war in English. I have no quibble with his conclusions. (The Germans were better organized, The French bit off more than they could chew). Read full review

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Sir Michael Howard was the Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford from 1980-1989. He was Professor of History at Yale University from 1989-1993.

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