The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune 1870-71

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Pan Macmillan, Aug 9, 2012 - History - 458 pages
Opening with the military preparations before Paris was besieged by the invading German army in September 1870, Alistair Horne's compelling account of this dramatic episode takes the reader through the fall of Paris and German victory to the last days of the Paris Commune in May Week 1871.

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This is a small Jewel of a history, lively style and tight narrative. It greatly benefits from covering a short period in a small area. Horne has amassed a interesting set of illustrations, and the ... Read full review

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English historian Alistair Horne (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics)) tells the story - really two stories - of the Franco-Prussian War's impact on Paris. First ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Sir Alistair Horne was born in London in 1925, and has spent much of his life abroad, including periods at schools in the United States and Switzerland. He served with the R.C.A.F. in Canada in 1943 and ended his war service with the rank of Captain in the Coldstream Guards attached to MI5 in the Middle East. He then went up to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read English Literature and played international ice-hockey.

After leaving Cambridge, Alistair Horne concentrated on writing: he spent three years in Germany as correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and speaks fluent French and German. His books include Back into Power; Small Earthquake in Chile; The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 ; and The Seven Ages of Paris. A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–62 won both the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize and the Wolfson History Award in 1978, and he is the official biographer of Harold Macmillan. In 1970, he founded a research Fellowship for young historians at St Antony’s College, Oxford. In 1992 he was awarded the CBE; in 1993 he received the French Légion d’Honneur for his work on French history and a Litt.D. from Cambridge University.

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