A predisposition to brutality?

  • The German Sonderweg thesis has been discarded in most research fields. Yet in regards to the military, things differ: all conflicts before the Second World War are interpreted as prelude to the war of extermination between 1939–1945. This article specifically looks at the Franco-Prussian War 1870–71 and German behaviour vis-à-vis regular combatants, civilians and irregular guerrilla fighters, the so-called francs-tireurs. The author argues that the counter-measures were not exceptional for nineteenth century warfare and also shows how selective reading of the existing secondary literature has distorted our view on the war.

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Author:Bastian Matteo SciannaGND
Parent Title (English):Postprints der Universität Potsdam Philosophische Reihe
Subtitle (English):german practices against civilians and francs-tireurs during the Franco-Prussian war 1870–1871 and their relevance for the German ‘military Sonderweg’ debate
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe (165)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2019/10/28
Year of Completion:2019
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2019/10/28
Franco-Prussian War; Geneva convention of 1864; francs-tireurs; levee en masse; myth of Franktireurkrieg; siege of Paris 1870
First Page:968
Last Page:993
Source:Small Wars & Insurgencies 30 (2019) 4–5, S. 968–993 DOI: 10.1080/09592318.2019.1638551
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Grantor:Taylor & Francis Open Access Agreement
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitung 4.0 International