The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune 1870-71

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Alistair Horne's The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune, 1870-71 is the first book of Alistair Horne's trilogy, which includes The Price of Glory and To Lose a Battle and tells the story of the great crises of the rivalry between France and Germany.

The collapse of France in 1870 had an overwhelming impact - on Paris, on France and on the rest of the world. People everywhere saw Paris as the centre of Europe and the hub of culture, fashion and invention. But suddenly France, not least to the disbelief of her own citizens, was gripped in the vice of the Prussian armies and forced to surrender on humiliating terms. Almost immediately Paris was convulsed by the savage self-destruction of the newly formed Socialist government, the Commune.

In this brilliant study of the Siege of Paris and its aftermath, Alistair Horne researches first-hand accounts left by official observers, private diarists and letter-writers to evoke the high drama of those ten tumultuous months and the spiritual and physical agony that Paris and the Parisians suffered as they lost the Franco-Prussian war.

'Compulsively readable'
  The Times

'The most enthralling historical work'
  Daily Telegraph

'Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the civil war that still stirs the soul of France'
  Evening Standard

One of Britain's greatest historians, Sir Alistair Horne, CBE, is the author of a trilogy on the rivalry between France and Germany, The Price of Glory, The Fall of Paris and To Lose a Battle, as well as a two-volume life of Harold Macmillan.

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`Compulsively readable' -- The Times

`Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the civil war that still stirs the soul of France' -- Evening Standard

`The definitive account ... clear, gripping, fast moving' -- Guardian

`The most enthralling historical work' -- Daily Telegraph

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Opening with the military preparations before Paris was besieged by the invading German army in September 1870, Horne's compelling account of this dramatic episode takes the reader through the fall of Paris and German victory to the last days of the Paris Commune in May Week 1871.

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