In 1870 Bismarck ordered the Prussian Army to invade France, inciting one of the most dramatic conflicts in European history. It transformed not only the states-system of the Continent but the whole climate of European moral and political thought. The overwhelming triumph of German military might, evoking general admiration and imitation, introduced an era of power politics, which was to reach its disastrous climax in 1914.

First published in 1961 and now with a new introduction, The Franco-Prussian War is acknowledged as the definitive history of one of the most dramatic and decisive conflicts in the history of Europe.

chapter I|39 pages

The Antagonists

chapter II|37 pages

The War Plans

chapter III|43 pages

The First Disasters

chapter IV|63 pages

The Army of the Rhine

chapter V|41 pages

The Army of Châlons

chapter VI|33 pages

The Goverment of National Defence

chapter VII|27 pages


chapter VIII|33 pages

The Battles for Orleans

chapter IX|54 pages

The Siege of Paris

chapter X|61 pages

Guerre à Outrance

chapter XI|25 pages

The Peace