La débâcle! The aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War

As an Emile Zola masterpiece makes tragically clear, defeat in the Franco-Prussian War was among the greatest calamities in French history – one that, says Misha Glenny, was to have grave consequences for the wider world in the 20th century...

Statue of Napoleon I toppled

This article was first published in the December 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

Exhausted and disoriented, Jean Macquart climbed over a ridge with his new friend, Maurice, and the other men in his company. In front of them they saw “through the evening mists a ribbon of pale silver in the immense panorama of meadows and cultivated land. It was the Meuse, the longed-for Meuse…”

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