The Fall of Paris

The Fall of Paris

The Siege and the Commune 1870-71

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141030630
  • 480 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


From Alistair Horne’s grand trilogy on French history-two 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 Horne’s 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.


“This classic work . . . is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the civil war that still stirs the soul of France.”
-Evening Standard, London

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