By Carine Germond, Henning Türk
This book surveys Franco-German relatives from the French Revolution to the Nineteen Nineties, accumulating the most up-tp-date learn from quarter experts.
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The oftevoked “bath of steel” that was to cleanse the nations and from which they were to emerge free of the dross of a long period of peace revealed itself to be a blood bath for which, above all, Germans and Frenchmen were to pay a high price. Politicians in both countries quickly realized that the extent of the victory had to correspond to the greatness of the sacrifice if they wanted to remain in power. Merely reinstating the peace would have been seen as an insult to the dead; hence, each side developed far-reaching war goals that had this much in common: rather than seeking to weaken the opponent for a time, they aimed to eliminate the threat permanently.
The Napoleonic Wars had brought a shift toward reinforced national thinking. But this was limited. The writings of a minor group of mainly Prussian authors hardly had a widespread effect on the population as a whole. Most of the population in the annexed territories and in the Confederation saw neither the French nor Napoleon as an enemy. To ordinary people, who suffered the most from war when troops were stationed in their region or town, it did not matter who had brought the war or whence the troops had come.
394–405. 23. Becker, Krieg 1870/71, 23. 24. Lothar Gall, Europa auf dem Weg in die Moderne 1850–1890 (München: Oldenburg, 2003), 61; David Wetzel, Duell der Giganten. Bismarck, Napoleon III. und die Ursachen des Deutsch-Französischen Krieges 1870–1871 (Paderborn: Schöningh, 2005). 25. Becker, Krieg 1870/71, 24. Cf. , Bismarcks spanische “Diversion” 1870 und der preußisch-deutsche Reichsgründungskrieg. Quelle zur Vor- und Nachkriegsgeschichte der Hohenzollern-Kandidatur für den Thron in Madrid 1866–1932 (Paderborn: Schöningh, 2003–7).
A History of Franco-German Relations in Europe: From "Hereditary Enemies" to Partners by Carine Germond, Henning Türk