Carl Rückert's Memoirs of the Franco-Prussian War

Authors: Kelly, Alfred

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  • Translates an invaluable primary source on the Franco-Prussian War into English for the first time
  • Offers a riveting, bottom-up account of the Franco-Prussian War and the horrors of modern warfare
  • Appeals to scholars, students, and general readers interested in the Franco-Prussian War, military history, modern German history, and war memoirs
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This book offers the first English-language translation of the finest soldier’s memoir to emerge from the Franco-Prussian War, titled With my Rucksack: The Unvarnished Campaign Memoirs of an Infantryman from the Year 1870 by Carl Rückert. Lasting from 1870–1871, this was the war that made the modern German nation and set Europe on the path to World War I, and Carl Rückert offers an unrivalled worm’s eye view of the experiences of common soldiers who fought in it. A Hessian lance corporal in the German army, he was a close observer of daily hardships, class tensions, the influence of nationalism, and the terrors of combat. He was gravely wounded in the war’s decisive battle at Gravelotte, where he was among the first Europeans to face the horrors of breech-loading rifles, machine guns, and accurate artillery. Accompanied by an insightful translator’s introduction and a wealth of footnotes, this book is an invaluable link to the everyday realities of the Franco-Prussian War.

About the authors

Alfred Kelly is the Edgar B. Graves Professor Emeritus of History at Hamilton College, USA, and the author of The German Worker: Working-Class Autobiographies from the Age of Industrialization.

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“This memoir exposes the deadly conditions of modern warfare in 1870–71, taking the reader into the chaotic battlefield where Hessian soldiers were decimated by French cannons and guns and died in excruciating pain and fear. A unique, harrowing, essential account of the Franco-Prussian War that will be welcomed by specialists and students.” (Carolyn Kay, Professor of History, Trent University, Canada)

“Carl Rückert has written a lively and engaging memoir about the Franco-Prussian War, and Alfred Kelly has provided a valuable service for English-speaking readers with his annotations and skillful translation.” (William L. Patch, Kenan Professor of History, Washington and Lee University, USA)

“A work of literature. No more attractive book has been written in some time. It tingles with infectious zest and brings the age back to life.” (David Wetzel, Lecturer, University of California Berkeley, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Carl Rückert's Memoirs of the Franco-Prussian War
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95804-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95804-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95803-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07097-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 203
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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