Book cover of Bismarck's War: The Franco-Prussian War and the Making of Modern Europe by Rachel Chrastilby Rachel Chrastil

A “vivid and informative” (Daily Telegraph) new history of the war that toppled the French Empire, unified Germany, and set Europe on the path to World War I

Among the conflicts that convulsed Europe during the nineteenth century, none was more startling and consequential than the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–1871. Deliberately engineered by Prussian chancellor Otto von Bismarck, the war succeeded in shattering French supremacy, deposing Napoleon III, and uniting a new German Empire. But it also produced brutal military innovations and a precarious new imbalance of power that together set the stage for the devastating world wars of the next century. 

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