Product Description Combining impeccable scholarship and literary elegance, David Wetzel depicts the drama of machinations and passions that exploded in a war that forever changed the face of European history. Review "David Wetzel provides a clear narrative of the diplomatic background to the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War....The book can be recommended as a useful introduction to a major theme in European history." From the Back Cover "Above all, it is personal relationships that are most deeply, wisely, and vividly described here. . . . It is Wetzel's distinction to remind us again how important single individuals can be in affairs of honor between great powers."- Central European History "David Wetzel has produced a readable and praiseworthy book . . . a solidly researched, soundly argued account of the events leading to the outbreak of war between France and Prussia in July 1870."-Journal of Military History "This is diplomatic history with a difference. Out of the dry bones of the diplomatic documents David Wetzel has created a fascinating story that illustrates the supreme importance of personalities in the making of politics and, more important, the making of wars."-Sir Michael Howard, Regius Professor of Modern History, emeritus, Oxford University "David Wetzel provides a clear narrative of the diplomatic background to the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. . . . the book can be recommended as a useful introduction to a major theme in European history which, because of changes in historiographical fashion, has suffered from neglect for some forty years."-Times Literary Supplement About the Author David Wetzel is the author of The Diplomacy of the Crimean War, editor of From the Berlin Museum to the Berlin Wall, and, with Theodore S. Hamerow, editor of International Politics and German History. He works in the administration, and has lectured in history, at the University of California, Berkeley.