A Duel of Nations: Germany, France, and the Diplomacy of the by David Wetzel

By David Wetzel

On July 19, 1870, Emperor Napoleon III of France declared warfare opposed to the Prussia of King William I and best Minister Otto von Bismarck. A Duel of countries dramatically depicts the area during which that struggle came about. during this, the 1st ebook in English to check in totality the diplomatic background of the Franco-Prussian struggle, David Wetzel attracts broadly on deepest and legitimate files, journalistic bills, cupboard mins, and public statements through key avid gamers to provide a ebook that's unequalled within the variety and readability of its research, its forceful characterizations, and its shiny language.

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The historian can only emphasize the violence of this aversion. A powerful emotional nerve had been in some way touched and offended—so painfully offended that it would never cease to hurt. From that time on, hatred of France would become, for this otherwise astute military strategist, an unreasoning and uncontrollable emotional fixation. This disposition on Moltke’s part was, especially as the war dragged on, a matter of common knowledge in all well-informed circles. Although Bismarck could not remain long unaware of this disposition, it seems to have taken him some time to understand the full depth of Moltke’s hatred.

He had acquitted himself with distinction in the handling of the essential assignments in the world of a workaday diplomat—representation, reporting, and negotiation—as only a professional can understand them, and this was of the utmost significance, for, aside from precision and the sharpness of mind that it lent to his statecraft, it also gave him a vision of what he could expect from diplomatic agencies. 15 politics and personalities Bismarck often made mistakes—and these will be treated as the narrative of our drama unfolds.

But suppose Napoleon suddenly had had a change of heart and decided to make peace? Sick, weak, vacillating, he could have used Belgium as a bargaining card to get out of the war after a first 37 the position of the powers French victory as he had done in the Italian war in 1859. Publication of the Benedetti treaty was an announcement to the world that Prussia considered Napoleon an aggressor whose appetite for conquests knew no bounds. ”32 In any case, on 9 August 1870, there took place in London the signing of a convention between Prussia and Great Britain guaranteeing the independence of Belgium not only during the period of hostilities but down to the conclusion of peace.

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