The Shadow Emperor : A Biography of Napoleon III – Alan Strauss Schom

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‘Louis Napoleon’s story is certainly remarkable. Alan Strauss-Schom tells it with brio in The Shadow Emperor… This is a boldly revisionist biography… For all the corruption and repression that marked his reign, Louis Napoleon may have done more for France than his famous uncle.’ (Alan Massie, Wall Street Journal)
This is the definitive biography, and the first in twenty years, of Louis-Napoleon III, whose controversial achievements have notoriously divided historians. Here, pre-eminent Napoleon Bonaparte expert and Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Alan Strauss-Schom focuses on his successor Louis-Napoleon, overshadowed for too long by his more romanticized forebear. Strauss-Schom employs years of primary source research to explore the massive cultural, social, economical, financial, international, and military impact of France’s most polarizing emperor. Louis-Napoleon completely revolutionized the state and the economy, but amid gross financial scandals. His expansion of the French Empire was praised by the French military and resisted by the socialists. He expanded the railways to rival England’s; created new transoceanic steamship lines and a modern navy; introduced a new banking sector supported by seemingly unlimited venture capital; and even oversaw the creation of the first large department stores. Napoleon III wanted to surpass the legacy of his famous uncle, Napoleon I. In The Shadow Emperor, Alan Strauss Schom sets out his true legacy.
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SKU: 997 Category: Title: The Shadow Emperor : A Biography of Napoleon III
Author: Alan Strauss Schom
Publisher: St Martins Press
Year: 2018
Condition: New
Format: Hardcover
Inventory No: 997

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‘Louis Napoleon’s story is certainly remarkable. Alan Strauss-Schom tells it with brio in The Shadow Emperor… This is a boldly revisionist biography… For all the corruption and repression that marked his reign, Louis Napoleon may have done more for France than his famous uncle.’ (Alan Massie, Wall Street Journal)
This is the definitive biography, and the first in twenty years, of Louis-Napoleon III, whose controversial achievements have notoriously divided historians. Here, pre-eminent Napoleon Bonaparte expert and Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Alan Strauss-Schom focuses on his successor Louis-Napoleon, overshadowed for too long by his more romanticized forebear. Strauss-Schom employs years of primary source research to explore the massive cultural, social, economical, financial, international, and military impact of France’s most polarizing emperor. Louis-Napoleon completely revolutionized the state and the economy, but amid gross financial scandals. His expansion of the French Empire was praised by the French military and resisted by the socialists. He expanded the railways to rival England’s; created new transoceanic steamship lines and a modern navy; introduced a new banking sector supported by seemingly unlimited venture capital; and even oversaw the creation of the first large department stores. Napoleon III wanted to surpass the legacy of his famous uncle, Napoleon I. In The Shadow Emperor, Alan Strauss Schom sets out his true legacy.
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Weight 85 kg
Dimensions 24 × 14 × 0.5 cm

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