Tension between France and Germany (69 words)

Historical Context Note

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Guillaume Schnaebele, a French frontier official, is arrested on the German frontier and charged with espionage. This incident was probably driven by Otto von Bismarck's desire to create a state of diplomatic tension between the two countries. This would either push France into a war with the powerful German army, or at least encourage Russia to renew its alliance with Germany that was currently under review at St Petersburg.

Editors. "Tension between France and Germany". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
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