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Napoleon III : a life

Author: Fenton S Bresler
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the golden age of the Second Empire, the France of Napoleon III - nephew of the great Bonaparte - was known as 'the arbiter of Europe'. For twenty tumultuous years Paris was the glittering heart of the continent, a dramatically reinvented city of wide boulevards and grand public gardens. Then the man known to Bismarck as 'the sphinx without a riddle' lost it all in 1870 in the disastrous Franco-Prussian war."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Emperor of the French
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Fenton S Bresler
ISBN: 0786706600 9780786706600
OCLC Number: 42885716
Description: xxv, 438 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Part One --
Napoleon I and the First Empire --
Chapter 1: Roots: Martinique and Corsica --
Chapter 2: Parents --
Chapter 3: Birth (1808) --
Chapter 4: Early childhood (1808-15) --
Part Two --
The path to power --
Chapter 5: Growing up in exile (1815-29) --
Chapter 6: The call to destiny (1830-32) --
Chapter 7: Preparing the response (1832-6) --
Chapter 8: Strasbourg (1836) --
Chapter 9: Farewell to Arenenberg (1837-8) --
Chapter 10: A new life in London (1838-40) --
Chapter 11: Boulogne --
Not such a fiasco (1840) --
Chapter 12: 'Perpetual imprisonment' (1840-46) --
Chapter 13: The great escape (1846) --
Chapter 14: Enter Miss Howard (1846-8) --
Part Three --
Power at last --
Chapter 15: Return to France (1848) --
Chapter 16: Prince-President (1848-52) --
Chapter 17: Coup d'etat and almost --
Emperor (1851-2) --
Part Four --
The Second Empire --
Chapter 18: Choosing an empress (1852-3) --
Chapter 19: Consolidating his throne (1853-6) --
Chapter 20: Fulfillment (1856-60) --
Chapter 21: Marking time (1860-65) --
Chapter 22: The turn of the tide (1865) --
Chapter 23: Running on borrowed time (1865-70) --
Chapter 24: The beginning of the end (1870) --
Chapter 25: The empire falls (1870) --
Part Five --
The end --
Chapter 26: Going into exile (1870-71) --
Chapter 27: The last exile (1871-3) --
Chapter 28: An unnecessary death (1873) --
Epilogue --
Bibliography and other sources --
Index.
Other Titles: Napoleon the third
Napoleon 3
Responsibility: Fenton Bresler.
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"In the golden age of the Second Empire, the France of Napoleon III - nephew of the great Bonaparte - was known as 'the arbiter of Europe'. For twenty tumultuous years Paris was the glittering heart of the continent, a dramatically reinvented city of wide boulevards and grand public gardens. Then the man known to Bismarck as 'the sphinx without a riddle' lost it all in 1870 in the disastrous Franco-Prussian war." "In this biography of one of France's most intriguing rulers, the 'other' Napoleon comes to dramatic life - from boyhood exile after his uncle's defeat at Waterloo, through years of early despair, high adventure and a growing sense of destiny, to two failed coups d'etat, six years in prison followed by an ingenious escape, democratic election in 1848 as President of the Second Republic, and finally (after a brutal show of strength) the emperorship of France."--BOOK JACKET.

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