July 7th in German History: The Treaty of Tilsit Between France and Russia

The Napoleon Wars saw many defeats for Prussia, and those defeats resulted in crippling losses of territory and manpower. On July 9th, 1807, Prussia signed the humiliating Treaty of Tilsit with France. However, on July 7th, Russia, Prussia’s former ally, signed its own treaty, ending its involvement in the war of the Fourth Coalition. Napoleon’sContinue reading “July 7th in German History: The Treaty of Tilsit Between France and Russia”

May 10th in German History: The Franco-Prussian War Ends

With the exception of the Napoleonic Wars, the Franco-Prussian War was perhaps the most important in 19th century Europe. It saw the Kingdom of Prussia and her German allies quickly defeat the armies of Napoleon the Third and occupy Paris, surprising the neutral powers and destroying the Third French Empire. Its most significant result, however,Continue reading “May 10th in German History: The Franco-Prussian War Ends”

German History Books that I Recommend

While sequestration in one’s house for weeks and months at a time is certainly frustrating, it does give us a rare opportunity to expand our knowledge of the world. Taking a break from the discussion of German history for a day, I wanted to offer up some books on the subject that I have readContinue reading “German History Books that I Recommend”