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The French Second Empire: An Anatomy of Political Power - New Studies in European History (Hardback)
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The French Second Empire: An Anatomy of Political Power - New Studies in European History (Hardback)

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Hardback 518 Pages / Published: 15/11/2001
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This book is about a major historical figure, Napoleon III, and a political regime. It examines how Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte (nephew of the first Napoleon) was able to secure election as President of the Republic and subsequently to launch a coup d'etat to establish a Second Empire. It then considers the ways in which power was exercised by the new imperial regime. Later, apparent stability led Napoleon III to engage in a difficult process of transition towards a more liberal regime; but at the point of success the decision was taken to go to war against Prussia which resulted in a catastrophic defeat and the destruction of his regime. This is a most thoroughly researched book on the Second Empire, which makes a contribution to our knowledge of a vitally important period of French history following the 1848 revolution and the intense mid-century crisis.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521808309
Number of pages: 518
Weight: 910 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a major achievement ... It will surely - and deservedly - be regarded as the standard work on the 'anatomy' of a political system now receiving its due attention.' H-FRANCE
'This book should prove to be invaluable to serious students and scholars of the French Second empire for many years to come ... an absolute must for any and all serious students of the ill-fated Second Empire and its often (and to a degree overly) maligned emperor, Napoleon III.' History
'... a monumental achievement.' The Times Literary Supplement
'... wide-ranging and remarkably enjoyable.' Graham Robb, London Review of Books
'... Prices's study lies ... in his impressive mastery of detail and in how he manages to clothe the bones of his subject with a wealth of information and illustrative material from an astonishingly wide range of sources.' History

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