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Le regard des Britanniques sur la France en guerre (1870-1871) : l’évolution d’une opinion attentive

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  • Piettre, Pauline
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    Lorsque la France déclare la guerre à la Prusse en juillet 1870, le gouvernement britannique conserve une stricte neutralité tandis que l’opinion publique, à travers la presse notamment, réagit avec vigueur. Peu de voix s’élèvent alors en Grande-Bretagne pour défendre une France qui, jugée belliqueuse et agitée, semble fidèle à son image. Pourtant, au gré des défaites et des humiliations, les Britanniques se découvrent plein de compassion pour les Français ; le siège de Paris puis les exigences de la Prusse lors des conditions de paix finissent par retourner une opinion britannique qui condamne vivement l’annexion de l’Alsace-Lorraine. La guerre de 1870 amène ainsi les Britanniques à s’interroger sur les mutations continentales et à faire évoluer le regard qu’ils portaient sur la France depuis des décennies.

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    Volume (Year): 2012 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 03 (September)
    Pages: 51-66

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