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Napoleon III : a life

Author: Fenton S Bresler
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print 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: History
Biography
Named Person: Napoleon, Emperor of the French; 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 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. Napoleon I and the First Empire: Roots: Martinique and Corsica ; Parents ; Birth (1808) ; Early childhood (1808-15) --
Part 2. The path to power: Growing up in exile (1815-29) ; The call to destiny (1830-32) ; Preparing the response (1832-6) ; Strasbourg (1836) ; Farewell to Arenenberg (1837-8) ; A new life in London (1838-40) ; Boulogne --
Not such a fiasco (1840) ; 'Perpetual imprisonment' (1840-46) ; The great escape (1846) ; Enter Miss Howard (1846-8) --
Part 3. Power at last: Return to France (1848) ; Prince-President (1848-52) ; Coup d'etat and almost --
Emperor (1851-2) --
Part 4. The Second Empire: Choosing an empress (1852-3) ; Consolidating his throne (1853-6) ; Fulfillment (1856-60) ; Marking time (1860-65) ; The turn of the tide (1865) ; Running on borrowed time (1865-70) ; The beginning of the end (1870) ; The empire falls (1870) --
Part 5. The end: Going into exile (1870-71) ; The last exile (1871-3) ; An unnecessary death (1873) --
Epilogue.
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."--Jacket.

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