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The Franco-Prussian War

The War that made Europe

In many ways Europe’s forgotten war, though one that had profound consequences. It led directly to the creation of the state of Germany, left France marginalized and seething for revenge, and set in train a series of events that culminated in the Great War 40 years later. This talk looks at the political background to the war, focusing in particular at the personality and career of Bismarck. It then considers the progress and aftermath of the war, and poses in passing the question; what if the new German state had listened to Bismarck, would the Great War have happened?