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A duel of giants : Bismarck, Napoleon III, and the origins of the Franco-Prussian War

Author: David Wetzel
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2001.
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The clash of two extraordinary personalities--Otto von Bismarck and Napoleon III--drives this account of the events leading up to the Franco-Prussian War, one of the most momentous and decisive conflicts in the history of Europe. David Wetzel tells how this utterly avoidable war unfolded in the brief, eventful days of July 1870, ushering in an era of power politics that would reach its apocalyptic climax in World  Read more...
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Wetzel, David.
Duel of giants.
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2001
(OCoLC)648780476
Named Person: Otto Bismarck, Fürst von; Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Otto Bismarck, Fürst von; Napoléon, empereur des Français; Otto von Bismarck; Napoleon, Frankreich Kaiser III.; Otto Bismarck, Fürst von; Napoleon, Emperor of the French
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Wetzel
ISBN: 0299174905 9780299174903 9780299174941 0299174948
OCLC Number: 46678204
Description: xvi, 244 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A Bit about Personalities --
Napoleon III and the Spanish Revolution of 1868 --
Bismarck and the Hohenzollern Candidacy --
The Negotiations at Ems --
The French Declaration of War.
Responsibility: David Wetzel.
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