In the British Parliament in 1871, Conservative statesman Benjamin Disraeli described an occurrence which he felt was ‘a greater political event than the French Revolution’, and how as a result the balance of power has been entirely destroyed, and the country which suffers more and feels the effects of this change most is England.’ To what event is he referring?

Answer: The conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War, which unified Germany and brought about the German Empire. Disraeli’s comments are often cited as a far-sighted prediction of the future conflicts with Germany during both World War One and Two.

Source: The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark

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