Pearton, Maurice. "If I had been… Adolphe Thiers in 1870"
Divergence: 1870 CE
What if: Thiers accepted the appointment to be French Minister of War as the Franco-Prussian War began.
Summary: Thiers's diary demonstrates how he used his position to prevent French aggressive action which would provoke a German unification.
Published: In If I Had Been…, Ten Historical Fantasies (ed. Daniel Snowman), q.v.