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From the Second French Empire to the Third Republic

Caricatures of the Franco Prussian War and the Paris Commune

While the fall of the Second French Empire led to the birth of the Third Republic, the new government was weakened by the defeat and the loss of the Eastern territories of Alsace and Lorraine. At the beginning of 1871, a French civil war followed the war against the Germans. The republicans, facing the bonapartists and the monarchists, were themselves divided…