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Hey guys, welcome to the first official episode of When Diplomacy Fails. Since it's my first, I decided to celebrate by talking about my favourite period in history: The Franco-Prussian War! It's got a fantastic amount of diplomacy inside, you'll get to hear about Bismarck owning Napoleon's nephew and about where it all went wrong for France. What's not to love? Well, my pronounciation for one. Sorry about that, I hope I didn't offend any German-sensitive ears with my ignorance... Please give it a listen and let me know what you think! 

Direct download: EP1_Franco-Prussian_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:10pm UTC
Comments[7]

  • I myself am strongly interested in the Franco-Prussian era, one of the neglected eras in military history (and gaming!); I'm glad to see I am not the only one.

    posted by: Ricky Moore on 2014-08-08 15:45:41

  • While I enjoyed your podcast regarding the Franco-Prussian War there was one glaring error that you made towards the end. Wilhelm II did not directly succeed Wilhelm I. Wilhelm II was the grandson of Wilhelm I. Frederick III reigned briefly between the two Wilhelms (he was the son-in-law of Queen Victoria of England). I suppose in relation to your subject, it was not a significant error.

    posted by: DougR on 2013-11-06 17:14:51

  • HIFound your excellent weitsbe by accident : sub-terrainian location North of Waterloo ?Fancy any face to face battles ? (I live in Belgium and have 15mm 1866-1870 Franco-Prussians and Austrians). How can we get in touch ?Husar 7

    posted by: Sergio on 2013-07-31 23:40:06

  • One word, excellent! I have only just found your podcasts and have now loaded all of them onto my ipod. Thank you for providing such an informative narrative on a period of history that is forgotten but as you rightly emphasise is critical to the future development, if that's the right word, of Europe. Great stuff, keep them coming. Ian Morris, Lincoln, UK

    posted by: Ian Morris on 2012-11-08 06:52:36

  • Hi! I just came aboard. I'm a listener of both David Crowther and Ray Harris Jr.'s podcasts, so I thought I'd give you a try. Sounds pretty interesting so far. I've not known much about the Franco-Prussian war up until now, so thanks for shedding some light there. I like your brogue, but then I've long been a fan of all things Irish. I've got some Irish ancestry. Anyway, I'm looking forward to listening to some of your other episodes. Cheers! ~Rob Shinnick, St. Simons Island, Georgia, USA

    posted by: Rob Shinnick on 2012-10-21 07:09:23

  • It was my pleasure my great history friend! Nice to see someone share the same love for my favourite era! Glad to have been of use to ya! Oooh good, please keep tellin me waht you do/don't like! It's very exciting to hear feedback Cheers Zack

    posted by: Zack Twamley on 2012-09-08 22:57:49

  • Hello! One of my "favorite" wars as well as it sets everything up for the 20th century. Thanks so much for covering this period and I am very much enjoying the other podcasts! Darren Raleigh, NC

    posted by: dacisme on 2012-09-03 22:19:10

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