The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1 was a source of huge distress and hardship, but was also a powerful catalyst for artistic and cultural development.
Some artists fled north, like the painters Monet and Pissarro, others such as Zola and Maupassant took the war as the touchstone for some of their greatest writing.
Prof Julian Jackson of Queen Mary, University of London, explores the impact of the conflict and the Paris Commune on day-to-day French life and the way artists responded to it.
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