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Napoleon III: A reading list
"The latest modern one-volume biography in French of the emperor, more sympathetic than earlier accounts."
Napoleon III (Profiles In Power)
"A superb study of Napoleon's career and the best introduction available in English."
Louis Napoleon and the Second Empire
"An older, more detailed English-language biography that offers a critical evaluation of Napoleon III's life and reign."
Le Second Empire: Louis Napoleon à la conquête du pouvoir
"The first of three volumes, this is the best modern study in French of Louis Napoleon."
The Rise of Louis Napoleon
"Though first published in 1902, this is still the standard work in English on Louis Napoleon's early years."
Restoration and Reaction 1815-1848 (The Cambridge History of Modern France)
"Good history of the years of the Orleanist monarchy, it provides the political context of Louis Napoleon's rise to power."
Napoleon III in England
"An interesting, though dated, examination of Louis Napoleon's time in England and its impact on his subsequent career."
Le bonapartisme: Aux origines de la droite autoritaire (1800-1850)
"The best examination of the Bonapartist phenomenon."
The Republican Experiment, 1848-1852 (The Cambridge History of Modern France)
"A good account of the Second Republic, of which Louis Napoleon was elected its first (and only) president."
The Rise and Fall of the Second Empire, 1852-1871 (The Cambridge History of Modern France)
"A fantastic overview of the history of the Second Empire."
The political system of Napoleon III
"Old but valuable account of its subject."
The Mortal Napoleon III
"Intriguing examination of Napoleon III's health, which inhibited his rule as it worsened."
Eugenie: The Empress and Her Empire
"A new biography of Napoleon's wife, a Spanish noblewoman whose influence, while never as great as contemporaries argued, probably hurt the emperor more than it helped."
Conflicts in French Society: Anticlericalism, Education and Morals in the Nineteenth century
"Contains useful information about the relationship between the state and the Catholic Church during his rule."
The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 1848-1918 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)
"Over a half-century later, it remains the best history of European relations during the mid-19th century."
Napoleon III and the Concert of Europe
"A good examination of Napoleon III's foreign policy in the context of the great power structure."
French opinions on war and diplomacy during the Second Empire
"A classic study about the impact of public opinion in shaping Napoleon III's foreign policy."
The Origins of the Crimean War (Origins Of Modern Wars)
"The background of the Crimean War, Napoleon's first military adventure and the greatest European conflict between the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War."
The Crimean War (Modern Wars)
"A good overview of the conflict, emphasizing its international nature and addressing its often-overlooked fronts."
The Origins of the Italian Wars of Independence (Origins Of Modern Wars)
"Good overview of the complex maneuverings behind the conflicts that led to Italian unification."
Franco Italian Relations 1860-1865 (Reprint)
"Though dated, this remains a useful examination of the Roman question, a foreign intervention that plagued Napoleon thoughout most his reign."
Venetia Redeemed: Franco Italian Relation 1864 1866
"Good study of an important issue in Napoleon's foreign policy."
Franz Joseph and Napoleon III, 1852-1864; A Study of Austro-French Relations
"Still the best account of relations between France and Austria during Napoleon's rule."
A Duel of Giants: Bismarck, Napoleon III, and the Origins of the Franco-Prussian War
"A new history of the diplomatic maneuverings that led the the Franco-Prussian War."
The Franco-Prussian War: The German Invasion of France 1870-1871
"The classic history of the war that was the downfall of the Second Empire."
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