Treaty of Frankfurt

German Unification

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Treaty of Frankfurt

German Unification (10 May 1871)

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With the end of the Franco-Prussian War, Bismarck forced France to cede Alsace-Lorraine and pay an indemnity of 5 billion francs. Germany was now the premier power of Europe.

France's struggle, however, was not yet over. At the end of the war, the people of Paris had risen up and proclaimed a Commune. This led to a second siege of Paris, this time by the French government. Although the Commune was crushed, it would provide inspiration for the revolutions of the next century.

Main Events

Rule of Commune in Paris

Treaty of Frankfurt

France cedes Alsace-Lorraine to Germany and agrees to pay indemnity of 5 billion francs

Northern France subject to German military occupation until France pays indemnity of 5 billion francs

Treaty of Frankfurt

France cedes Alsace-Lorraine to Germany and agrees to pay indemnity of 5 billion francs

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