Why Invest Time and Effort in the Lessons-Learned Document?
The Case of Backfiring Reparations
The Franco-Prussian War that took place between the July 19, 1870, and May 10, 1871, was a conflict that involved some 900,000 French and 1.2 million German soldiers. The conflict was the result of a culmination of years of tension between the two nations brought about by Prussian statesman Prince Bismarck’s determination to unify Germany under Prussian control, and the French emperor’s desire to regain the prestige lost at the hands of Prussia in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and to maintain his dominance in Europe. Events culminated soon after the deposition of Isabella II in 1868 when Prince Leopold of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, ...