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  1. The First Schleswig-Holstein War 1848-50
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  2. The First Schleswig-Holstein War 1848-50

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1848 was a turbulent but momentous time in Europe. Within this context, the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein were caught between the rising nationalism and desire for unification of the Prussian/German nation states and the traditional alliances with the Danish Kingdom. The Schleswig Holsteiners decided that allegiance with the German Federation, including possessing their own constitution, was the best way forward. They rebelled against the Danish and looked to the Prussians with their greater military prowess for help.

In Denmark, as in other European countries, the call for a democratic constitution caused social disturbance, triggered initially by the February riots in Paris. The Danish monarchy, in crisis, both constitutionally and in terms of monarchical succession continued to lay claim on their southernmost duchies and sent their armed forces to destroy the Schleswig-Holstein insurgents.

The author describes the battles and battlefields upon which this crisis was played out: from the first major action at Bov (9 April, 1848) to the last major battles of the war, at Isted (25 July 1850) and Missunde (12 September 1850), from the geomorphic landscape influencing battlefield strategy down to the description of a farmhouse where Prussian officers jumped out of windows to save themselves from the Danish.

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Nick Svendsen
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I bought this book because some of my ancestors came from Schleswig and as a result they would have been involved in this conflict and the better known Second Schleswig war of 1864 which has recently been the subject of a controversial Danish TV series which I watched and which only made me more curious so I bought this book to learn more about these conflicts. English speaking historians usually delight in repeating Lord Palmerston's pompous observation "Only three people have ever really understood the Schleswig-Holstein business--the Prince Consort, who is dead--a German professor, who has gone mad--and I, who have forgotten all about it." when discussing the 'Schleswig Question'. With all due respect to his Lordship, while he did a fine job of trivialising the Schleswig conflict, there is not all that much to understand. The German speaking subjects of the Danish crown in Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg wanted to join the rest of the German states in political union while... Read more
This book opened up new understanding on this war. I had spent year trying to find the story of my great great grandfathers death. After years of research, I knew he died in the Battle of Isted. I had been frustrated by a lack of books on the war. Thanks to Mr. Svendsen, I learned he was killed in the Battle of Isted and his unit were the heros that saved the battle and won the war. I greatly appreciate this history being provided in the English language and for those interested in this subject, this is the best book.
If you are at ll into the German wars of unification, you need to buy this book. One reason alone is that there are very few (maybe one or two) books in English on this tiny little war But this volume goes a long way towards filling that gap. The maps are very good (I wish they were in color!), portraying detailed action that you are just not going to find anywhere else. And it has some really cool photos too.
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