The Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871


This work covers the Franco-Prussian War, which broke out in 1870 when Bismarck engineered a war with the French Second Empire of Napoleon III. This was part of his wider political strategy of uniting Prussia with the Southern German Confederation and excluding Austria.

ISBN: 9781472851369 Author: Badsey, Stephen Publisher: Osprey Publishing Publication Date: 20th January 2022 Imprint: Osprey Publishing Cover: Paperback Dewey: 943.082 (edition:23) Pages: 144 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category:

With updates from the author, specially commissioned maps and 50 new images, this is a concise overview of the Franco-Prussian War. The Franco-Prussian War started in 1870 when Otto von Bismarck engineered a war with the French Second Empire under Napoleon III, as part of his plan to unite Prussia with the southern German states as a new Germany. Stephen Badsey examines the build-up, battles, and impact of the war, which was an overwhelming Prussian victory with massive consequences. The French Second Empire collapsed, Napoleon III became an exile in Britain, and King Wilhelm I was proclaimed Emperor of the new united Germany. In the peace settlement that followed, Germany gained the eastern French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, areas that were to provide a bone of contention for years to come.Updated and revised, with full-colour maps and new images throughout, this is a concise study of the largest and most important war fought in Europe between the age of Napoleon and the First World War, a war that marked the beginning of the creation of modern Europe.

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