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

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 25, 2003 - History - 327 pages
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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 describes the war that followed in thrilling detail. While the armies mobilized in July 1870, the conflict appeared "too close to call." Prussia and its German allies had twice as many troops as the French. But Marshal Achille Bazaine's grognards ("old grumblers") were the stuff of legend, the most resourceful, battle-hardened, sharp-shooting troops in Europe, and they carried the best rifle in the world. From the political intrigues that began and ended the war to the bloody battles at Gravelotte and Sedan and the last murderous fights on the Loire and in Paris, this is the definitive history of the Franco-Prussian War. Dr. Geoffrey Wawro is Professor of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Wawro has published two books: The Austro-Prussian War (Cambridge, 1996) and Warfare and Society in Europe, 1792-1914 (Routledge, 2000). He has published articles in The Journal of Military History, War in History, The International History Review, The Naval War College Review, American Scholar, and the European History Quarterly, and op-eds in the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Miami Herald, Hartford Courant, and Providence Journal. Wawro has won several academic prizes including the Austrian Cultural Institute Prize and the Society for Military History Moncado Prize for Excellence in the Writing of Military History. He has lectured widely on military innovation and international security in Europe, the U.S., and Canada and is host of the History Channel program Hardcover History--a weekly book show with leading historians, pundits, critics, statesmen and journalists.
  

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

User Review  - Columbia Warren - Goodreads

This book provides a pretty good overview of the Franco-Prussian War, and I certainly learned a lot about the war. However, there are a few frustrating characteristics of the author's approach. First ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ian Fleischmann - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Causes of the FrancoPrussian War
16
The Armies in 1870
41
Mobilization for War
65
Wissembourg and Spicheren
85
Froeschwiller
121
MarslaTour
138
Gravelotte
164
The Road to Sedan
186
Sedan
211
France on the Brink
230
France Falls
257
The Peace
299
Bibliography
315
Index
321

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Geoffrey Wawro is Professor of Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His previously published books include The Austro-Prussian War (Cambridge, 1996) and Warfare and Society in Europe, 1792-1914 (2000). He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Austrian Cultural Institute Prize and the Society for Military History Moncado Prize for Excellence in the Writing of Military History. In 2002, he shared a New Orleans Press Club Award for the live NBC/History Channel coverage of the parade and opening of the D-Day Museum Pacific Wing. He is also the host and anchor of the History Channel's Hardcover History, a weekly interview show with leading historians, statesmen, and journalists.

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