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Sedan 1870 : The Eclipse of France (Reprint) (Paperback) (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.

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.”
Past in Review, 10/2010
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 256.0
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Modern / 19th Century
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Douglas Fermer
Language: English
Street Date: February 19, 2016
TCIN: 50778337
UPC: 9781473828896
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-3582

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