Fall of Paris The Siege and the Commune 1870-71

ISBN-10: 0141030631
ISBN-13: 9780141030630
Edition: 2007 (Revised)
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Description: From Alistair Hornes grand trilogy on French historytwo magisterial works now back in print In 1870, Paris was the center of Europe, the font of culture, fashion, and invention. Ten months later Paris had been broken by a long Prussian siege, its  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

From Alistair Hornes grand trilogy on French historytwo magisterial works now back in print In 1870, Paris was the center of Europe, the font of culture, fashion, and invention. Ten months later Paris had been broken by a long Prussian siege, its starving citizens reduced to eating dogs, cats, and rats, and France had been forced to accept the humiliating surrender terms dictated by the Iron Chancellor Bismarck. To many, the fall of Paris seemed to be the fall of civilization itself. Alistair Hornes history of the Siege and its aftermath is a tour de force of military and social history, rendered with the sweep and color of a great novel.

Sir Alistair Horne was born in London in 1925, and has spent much of his life abroad, including periods at schools in the United States and Switzerland. He served with the R.C.A.F. in Canada in 1943 and ended his war service with the rank of Captain in the Coldstream Guards attached to MI5 in the Middle East. He then went up to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read English Literature and played international ice-hockey. After leaving Cambridge, Alistair Horne concentrated on writing: he spent three years in Germany as correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and speaks fluent French and German. His books include Back into Power; Small Earthquake in Chile; The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 ; and The Seven Ages of Paris. A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-62 won both the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize and the Wolfson History Award in 1978, and he is the official biographer of Harold Macmillan. In 1970, he founded a research Fellowship for young historians at St Antony's College, Oxford. In 1992 he was awarded the CBE; in 1993 he received the French L�gion d'Honneur for his work on French history and a Litt.D. from Cambridge University.

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