The French Second Empire : an anatomy of political power

by Roger Price

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.

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  • Acknowledgements
  • List of abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Rise of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte: 1. President of the Republic
  • Part II. State and Society: 2. Napoleon III and the Bonapartist state
  • 3. The system of government
  • 4. The management of elections
  • 5. Preserving public order
  • 6. Constructing moral order
  • 7. Creating the conditions for prosperity
  • Conclusion to part II
  • Part III. The Rise of Opposition: 8. The context for opposition
  • 9. The forms of opposition (1) legitimism
  • 10. The forms of opposition (2) liberalism
  • 11. The forms of opposition (3) republicans in the aftermath of the coup d'etat
  • 12. The forms of opposition (4) the republican revival
  • Conclusion to part III
  • Part IV. War and Revolution: 13. War and revolution
  • General conclusion
  • Select bibliography
  • Index.

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書名 The French Second Empire : an anatomy of political power
著作者等 Price, Roger
シリーズ名 New studies in European history
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2001
ページ数 x, 507 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521808308
NCID BA55314500
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス