Sedan 1870: The Eclipse of France

Sedan 1870: The Eclipse of France

by Douglas Fermer
     
 

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The Franco-Prussian War was a turning point in the history of nineteenth-century Europe, and the Battle of Sedan was the pivotal event in that war. For the Germans their overwhelming victory symbolized the birth of their nation, forged in steel and tempered in the blood of the common enemy. For the French it was a defeat more complete and humiliating than Waterloo.

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The Franco-Prussian War was a turning point in the history of nineteenth-century Europe, and the Battle of Sedan was the pivotal event in that war. For the Germans their overwhelming victory symbolized the birth of their nation, forged in steel and tempered in the blood of the common enemy. For the French it was a defeat more complete and humiliating than Waterloo. Douglas Fermer's fresh study of this traumatic moment in European history reconsiders how the mutual fear and insecurity of two rival nations tempted their governments to seek a solution to domestic tensions by waging war against each other. His compelling narrative shows how war came about, and how the dramatic campaign of summer 1870 culminated in a momentous clash of arms at Sedan. He gives fascinating insights into the personalities and aims of the politicians and generals involved, but focuses too on the experiences of ordinary soldiers and civilians.

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Many were the innovative strategies and tactic practiced in this conflict that were to be used to near perfection in 1914 and after. Author Fermer is at his best describing them amidst the collection of personalities involved. His use of first person sources from all ranks and walks of life makes this a compelling read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844685684
Publisher:
Pen and Sword
Publication date:
04/17/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
603,975
File size:
9 MB

Meet the Author

Douglas Fermer is an author and historian who specialises in the 19th Century.

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