Introduction: the Franco-Prussian War in French and German history

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This virtual special issue brings together a selection of articles from French History and German History to mark the 150th anniversary of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71. The articles centre upon some of the key themes that have driven historical research in recent years, including violence, the conduct of war, national and border identities, republicanism, liberalism and state-building. Moving beyond traditional military studies and the focus on the war itself, the articles reflect a growing scholarly interest in the wider political, social and cultural repercussions of the Franco-Prussian War.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbercrab047
Number of pages5
JournalFrench History
Early online date18 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2021


  • Franco-Prussian War
  • French history
  • German history


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