By David Wetzel

ISBN-10: 0299291340

ISBN-13: 9780299291341

On July 19, 1870, Emperor Napoleon III of France declared battle opposed to the Prussia of King William I and top Minister Otto von Bismarck. A Duel of countries dramatically depicts the area within which that battle came about. during this, the 1st e-book in English to review in totality the diplomatic background of the Franco-Prussian warfare, David Wetzel attracts broadly on deepest and legit files, journalistic debts, cupboard mins, and public statements by way of key gamers to supply a e-book that's unrivaled within the variety and readability of its research, its forceful characterizations, and its brilliant language.

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But all statesmen, even the most high-minded and idealistic, regard themselves as realists. The distinctive quality of Bismarck’s realism lay in his flexibility, in his refusal to be bound by any fixed rules or preconceptions, his sense of limits, of proportions, of dimensions. His plans were robust, always allowing for the intervention of accident, of mistake, of the unforeseen—the imponderabilia, as he once 19 politics and personalities called it. Bismarck received extensive attention in European and American historical literature even before his death, in 1898, and the full pattern of his complicated and subtle personality continues to emerge in the light of the more intensive and detached scrutiny to which it is constantly subjected.

This faction was composed of people who were reasonably content with Austria’s German position, who wanted to see tranquility preserved in Austria’s relations with the German states, and who favored, for this reason, cultivation of friendly and peaceful relations with Berlin—a faction that included Andrássy and Kaiser Francis Joseph. Finally and decisively, though resentful of Prussia and the North German Confederation, the immediate concern of the Austrians was to protect their interests in the Near East.

Order in Berlin, and we shall have order in the country. . They [presumably King Frederick William IV and his ministers] now have the power in their hands and a perfect right to use it. ”36 Moltke’s hope was disappointed. The king, Frederick William IV, was first inclined to use the troops to crush resistance in the capital, but, as usual, at the critical moment his resolve deserted him, and he determined to follow a moderate course of action. The years after 1848 disillusioned Moltke. The Prussian army was, in many respects, a ramshackle operation.

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