The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871

The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871

The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 violently changed the course of European History. Alarmed by Bismarck's territorial ambitions and the Prussian army's crushing defeats of Denmark in 1864 and Austria in 1866, French Emperor Napoleon III vowed to bring Prussia to heel. Digging into many European and American archives for the first time, Geoffrey Wawro's Franco-Prussian War The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 violently changed the course of European History. Alarmed by Bismarck's territorial am...

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Title:The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871
Author:Geoffrey Wawro
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Genres:History
ISBN:0521584361
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:327 pages pages

The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871 Reviews

  • Alec Gray
    Jun 20, 2014
    A concise and readable history of an ignored but very important conflict. Shows the folly of the French and the hard-nosed foriegn policy of the Germans ...
  • Sam Schulman
    May 30, 2010
    A wonderful book that taught many things I didn't know - that it was the French who had a seasoned professional army and the Germans who had citizen-soldiers; that Prussian generalship was not good, merely a bit less bad than the French; that the French infantry were better armed than ...
  • James Murphy
    Jun 15, 2010
    Geoffrey Wawro can make history read like a story. And he tells it so well, so clearly that even such tangled webs as Prussian President Otto von Bismarck's intricate diplomatic maneuverings leading up to the Franco-Prussian War are crystal clear. A Wawro history is a crisp stream with...
  • Jeff Clay
    May 26, 2015
    Emile Zola, in his novel The Debacle, called the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) the "murder of a nation." Clearly the old France of Napoleon III's Second Empire died a mere month into the struggle, but who killed it? Napoleon himself whose fear of an expanding German state drove him and...
  • Takipsilim
    Dec 11, 2009
    An improvement on it's predecessor, The Austro-Prussian War Austria's War with Prussia and Italy in 1866, Wawro ably depicts the war that led to Germany's dominance of the European continent. ...
  • Bruce
    Jan 26, 2011
    Excellent account of the war between France and Prussia, from the political maneuvering from both sides to the strategic campaign and the individual battles. Even though the French had the superior small-arms weapons and the luxury of defensive positions, I was amazed at how disorganiz...
  • John Reas
    May 11, 2012
    Wawro has written a thorough and definitive history of a pivotal period in European history that occurred several years after the American Civil War. With the successful conclusion of the Franco-Prussian war, France's imperial aims to return to the years under Napoleon that were attemp...
  • Kenneth
    Apr 20, 2012
    This was a very well-written book depicting a campaign that I was unfamiliar with. If there is one knock against the book, it would be that the battle descriptions were practically the same, and seemed to be done so to illustrate the author's thematic point: that the Prussian rifles...
  • Mike
    Dec 29, 2013
    A well written military history, although it does hit the midpoint between a gripping, well written read like Meyer's World Undone or McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom and a more technical mil hist text. The book basically goes from battle to battle, and in keeping with the author's th...
  • Jeff
    Jul 25, 2017
    I picked this book up because I had a decided hole in my knowledge of "progress" in the conduct of military affairs between the American Civil War and World War I. So many advances occurred between the two ? trench warfare, the use of Gatling/machine guns, the use of more accurate br...
  • Oleksandr Zholud
    Dec 23, 2018
    This is a non-fic about one of the ?forgotten wars? of the 19th century, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. While it is mainly a military history, there are a lot of vignettes and more general history. The pre-history: on one side Prussia with Bismarck, growing world power, w...
  • Wilson Hines
    May 06, 2012
    What a book! Dealing with the cards that Bismarck had in his hand, the crafty politician absolutely turned Europe inside and out during the 1880's and 1870's. It would seem that every single opportunity that Bismarck had to make Prussia better for His Majesty and His Majesty's subjec...
  • jeffrey
    Jan 31, 2018
    Beautifully written account of a short but significant war that is undeservedly little known. The French seemed to have been determined to lose no matter what, frequently snatching defeat from the jaws of victory - not just once, but habitually, even through the endgame of the war. The...
  • Bill
    Jul 03, 2011
    This is a well written military history of the most significant war in late 19th century Europe. The war led to the unification of Germany in a ceremony in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. The balance of power established in 1815 was irrevocably changed by Prussia's creation of a Ger...
  • Mark
    Apr 27, 2018
    Of all of the wars fought in Europe between 1815 and 1914, none was more important in terms of its impact than the Franco-Prussian War. The culmination of Otto von Bismarck's strategy for unifying the German states into a single country, it saw the displacement of France as the dominan...
  • Alex
    Mar 10, 2012
    More of a military history than a political one. Good basic read to understand the war. Needed more detail on why France surrendered - specifically the political climate and how it changed that finally enabled the government to sue for peace. ...
  • Clint Wyatt
    Apr 01, 2014
    If you are at all interested in 19th century European history then definitely read Geoffrey Wawro?s ?The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871.? Though this conflict is often overlooked in favor of the earlier Napoleonic Wars or later World Wars ? two ...
  • Dave
    Feb 17, 2016
    Wawro gives an excellent summary of this brief war that set into motion the events that would lead to World War I. A good read for anyone interested in seeing how a major power like France was brought down by supposedly inferior enemy. ...
  • Mac McCormick III
    Oct 18, 2014
    The Franco-Prussian War is one little read about, less often written about, and frequently forgotten. In fact, many Americans may not have even heard of it. This is unfortunate because along with other wars such as the Crimean War and American Civil War, it was a war in which modern te...
  • Andrew
    Oct 26, 2015
    The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871, by Geoffrey Wawro, is a book detailing the history of the Franco-Prussian War. It analyzes the background to the conflict, including the political machinations of Napoleon III and Otto von Bismarck, the two charismati...
  • George Serebrennikov
    Feb 02, 2013
    Great description of the events that lead to the establishment of new political reality in Europe by the end of 19th century, and successful conclusion of Bismarck's effort to unite Germany under the leadership of Prussia. Although, the stunning German victory must be attributed to the...
  • Ian Fleischmann
    Sep 23, 2014
    Wawro's history of the Franco-Prussian War is possibly one of the best military histories I've read. The Franco-Prussian war contained what we would now consider all the default phases of the joint phasing construct and showed the weakness of forces designed under the operating concept...
  • Rob Humphrey
    Sep 26, 2016
    Extremely detailed description of the war, its causes, and the personalities involved. I wish there were better maps! ...
  • C. James
    Mar 02, 2014
    Military history has long held my interest. This book came from a friend who was deep into that sort of thing. I knew next to nothing about this conflict other than the French had their heads handed to them. They won only one battle. Warow sorts out the basis of the conflict and fills ...
  • Nooilforpacifists
    Mar 17, 2014
    About 2/3 about the battles themselves; the remaining, and more interesting, about the politics and strategy. The French should have won: they had interior lines, they had a far superior rifle, the Chassepot. But they had neither battle plans nor maps, and a purely defensive strategy: ...
  • Shane
    Nov 26, 2015
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, a subject I'd heard of plenty of times but knew nothing about. This conflict deserves to be much more widely read, especially by anyone interested in studying WW1, because, in many ways, the effects of this conflict lead directly to WW1. The book i...
  • Chris D'Antonio
    May 17, 2015
    All in all, a solid account of the military conduct and movements within the Franco-Prussian War. I appreciated Mr. Wawro's perceptiveness to the depredations which soldiers on both sides were subjected to while their leaders angled politically, or failed to do so. This account in many...
  • Matthew Davenport
    May 14, 2015
    Wawro masterfully tackles a pivotal conflict that has been sadly sidelined in the modern study of history--particularly narrow Americentric here in the US. This is essential reading for anyone who desires an understanding of German unification, or who yearns for a perspective of the di...
  • Rommel Cesena
    Jun 02, 2017
    It's the first book I've read about this conflict so I feel like there are still a few loose ends floating around in my head but Wawro did and excellent job in taking me on this terrific journey. The battles, the strategies and the carnage are unbelievable. The historical connections t...
  • Paul W
    Jan 17, 2016
    Under the Congress of Vienna Britain, France, Austria, Prussia and Russia committed to conferring to prevent changes to existing borders or governments. But the consensus did not last long. In 1853 an Austro-Franco-Anglo alliance attacked Russia in the Crimea. France went to war with ...