Baldick, Robert.


Batsford, 1st ed., 1964. 248 pp., frontis., + 44 photo-plates, ills., + maps. D.j., 22 x 15cm. Light spotting to cloth covers, concealed by d.j., o/w FINE. The Paris of 1870 was the undisputed centre of civilisation and the cosmopolitan capital of the world. Nobody imagined, when Napoleon III declared war on Prussia in July, that the ville lumi're itself might be in danger. Two months later the city stood invested. Twelve weeks' supplies had been accumulated : they had to last for nineteen. The Siege of Paris was the last full-scale investment of a European capital, the first occasion of the indiscriminate bombardment of a civilian population, and the origin of a division in the French nation which remains unhealed. This is an account of both the military operations of the Siege and the life and sufferings of the people of the French capital. The author presents the Siege in the main through the eyes and words of a number of diarists and journalists, among them Edmond de Goncourt, Victor Hugo and Henry Labouch're, who provided much admirable reporting. In a fine, attractively coloured Batsford dust-jacket.

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