Kriegsgezwitscher – Ein Twitterprojekt zum Deutsch-Französischen Krieg von 1870/71 [A Twitter project on the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71]

Duration: 2020-2021

The   project "Kriegsgezwitscher” aims to (re)tell the story of the Franco-German War of 1870/71 on the Twitter account @Krieg7071.In a so-called "Reentweetment" the events are told from different perspectives in real time, accurate to the day, the hour or ideally the minute - only 150 years later. The followers of the Twitter account will thus be able to gain insights into the war and the experiences and perceptions of the contemporaries. At the same time, the possibilities of chronological presentation on Twitter are being used in order to make the war, with its turbulent and dense series of events as well as uneventful periods, comprehensible in its temporal dimension.
The tweets on the Twitter account @Krieg7071 are based on contemporary sources from people involved and other texts that allow contextualisation. The project is realised by Prof. Dr. Tobias Arand (PH Ludwigsburg), Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg and students from Ludwigsburg and Bochum.

Cooperation partner: Prof. Dr. Tobias Arand (PH Ludwigsburg)

The foundation of the German Empire in 1871 - one possibility among many?

In the first APUZ issue in 2021 with the theme "150 Years of the Founding of the German Empire," Christian Bunnenberg writes about "Eine Möglichkeit von vielen. Die Reichsgründung und ihre Vorgeschichte". Click here to go to the article or to the entire issue.


  • From October 1 to 3, 2021, the international conference "70/71 - Ein Krieg an der Schwelle zur Moderne / Une guerre au seuil de la modernité" took place. The conference was organized by Prof. Dr. Frank Becker (University of Duisburg-Essen), Prof. Dr. Tobias Arand (PH Ludwigsburg) and Prof. Dr. Christian Bunnenberg (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and took place as a hybrid event. The conference report is now online at HSozKult:
  • Published online on 31 October 2020: "Heute vor 150 Jahren. Wie der Krieg 1870/71 wirklich war, erfährt man nur hier". Here you can find the link to the article.
  • In the WAZ am Sonntag, the article "Geschichte im Twitter-Takt: Die Ruhr-Universität geht mit @Krieg7071 neue Wege" was published on 20 September 2020. The article is available online at You can find the front page of the issue and the article here.
  • On 26 August 2020 two articles on the Twitter project @Krieg7071 were published in the RUB news portal (German only):
  • The project was presented by Thomas Frank in WDR 3 - Kultur am Mittag on 14 August 2020. The episode "Twitter-Projekt zum Krieg" is available here.
  • On 12 August 2020 Moritz Hoffmann spoke about the project in the podcast Kompressor – Das Popkulturmagazin of Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Click here for the episode " Geschichtsvermittlung über Twitter? Krieg von 1870 jetzt live".
  • The Reentweetment project @Krieg7071 was discussed by Gustav Seibt in the print edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung on 31 July 2020 (column “Vier Favoriten der Woche”). The text can also be found on