Siege of Paris

German Unification

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Siege of Paris

German Unification (20 September 1870)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

With the defeat at Sedan, Napoleon III was forced to surrender. The Prussians now moved to besiege Paris, where the Empire had been overthrown and a republic declared. Meanwhile the Italians took advantage of the French defeat to seize Rome.

Main Events

Prussians capture Napoleon III following the Battle of Sedan

France is proclaimed a republic (Third Republic begins)

Prussian forces begin siege of Paris

Italy takes Rome

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