Keyword: Prussia

How France and Germany now view the Franco-Prussian War, 150 years on

War veterans minister Geneviève Darrieussecq during a commeoration of the Franco-Prussian War at Gravelotte in north-east France, August 16th 2020. © Capture d'écran Youtube War veterans minister Geneviève Darrieussecq during a commeoration of the Franco-Prussian War at Gravelotte in north-east France, August 16th 2020. © Capture d'écran Youtube

The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 was a dramatic event in both French and German history. In France it led to regime change and, some argue, created a thirst for revenge among some French people in the lead up to World War I. Meanwhile the Prussian-led victory was accompanied by the unification of Germany, which was officially proclaimed on French soil in January 1871. Here Nicolas Chevassus-au-Louis examines first how France has chosen to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this deeply-destructive war, and then interviews a German academic about how the conflict has been largely ignored on the other side of the River Rhine.