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On July 19, 1870, Emperor Napoleon III of France declared struggle opposed to the Prussia of King William I and best Minister Otto von Bismarck. A Duel of countries dramatically depicts the area within which that conflict came about. during this, the 1st ebook in English to check in totality the diplomatic historical past of the Franco-Prussian struggle, David Wetzel attracts widely on inner most and authentic files, journalistic bills, cupboard mins, and public statements through key avid gamers to supply a ebook that's unequalled within the diversity and readability of its research, its forceful characterizations, and its vibrant language.

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In 1832, he joined the General Staff at Berlin and was soon promoted to second lieutenant, largely as the result of the influence of Prince William, at the time a lieutenant general but destined to become King William I of Prussia. Here Moltke acquitted himself with distinction in a long series of responsible and important assignments in the field of military planning and engineering. Conscious of his duties and an indefatigable worker, he began to rise to a position of preeminence in the Prussian military.

Moltke stood, in competence, in intelligence, and, indeed, in all the qualities that make for a successful military career, at the head of the leading Prussian military figures of his time. Moltke was born in 1800 to a family that was all but impoverished. His father, Friedrich, joined the Danish army, in which his relatives also had commissions and, hardly able to support his fourteen children, enrolled his son as a cadet at Frankfurt / Oder near the Polish border at the age of eleven. The young Moltke was then for three years drawn into military service, first in Silesia, then in Posen.

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.

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