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The difficulties in compiling readings on a given phase of history are difficult at best. How convenient if one could simply raise certain questions about Napoleon III, his times, and the nature of his regime, and then summarily present the conflicting opinions in neatly arranged, short, succinct sections! The student would then easily be able to digest, memorize, and, one tends to suspect, promptly forget the material shortly after the final examination. Historical literature, however, simply does not lend itself to this type of manipulation. With a little effort on his part the discerning student will recognize that the body of the texts included in this book does represent a systematic and comprehensive attempt to acquaint him with the problems of the Second Empire, and to give him an appreciation of the scope and nature of the historical debate that has been, and continues to be waged over an important chapter in French history and over the man whose name appears in the heading of that chapter. Of course a problem book of this type cannot claim to be anything more than a bare introduction to the subject. The selected list of suggestions for additional readings will serve as a guide for those students whose curiosity is aroused by the selections presented here, and who want to probe the question further.

The difficulties in compiling readings on a given phase of history are difficult at best. How convenient if one could simply raise certain questions about Napoleon III, his times, and the nature of his regime, and then summarily present the conflicting opinions in neatly arranged, short, succinct sections! The student would then easily be able to digest, memorize, and, one tends to suspect, promptly forget the material shortly after the final examination. Historical literature, however, simply does not lend itself to this type of manipulation. With a little effort on his part the discerning student will recognize that the body of the texts included in this book does represent a systematic and comprehensive attempt to acquaint him with the problems of the Second Empire, and to give him an appreciation of the scope and nature of the historical debate that has been, and continues to be waged over an important chapter in French history and over the man whose name appears in the heading of that chapter. Of course a problem book of this type cannot claim to be anything more than a bare introduction to the subject. The selected list of suggestions for additional readings will serve as a guide for those students whose curiosity is aroused by the selections presented here, and who want to probe the question further.

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  • PDF | 112 pages
  • Samuel M. Osgood(Editor)
  • D. C. Heath & Co. (1963)
  • English
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  • By W Boudville on August 5, 2007

    Buffoon or bozo is right. Someone said that history repeats as farce. Osgood's tale shows a ruler lacking much in common with his illustrious ancestor. There is much politicking with the French legislative assembly. And the buying off of various interest groups. Grubby manipulations that are typical of most governments. Some of the historians in this book write approvingly of Napoleon 3. Especially in how he sought rappochement with Britain. But others show the shallowness of his rule. Combined with a general ineptitude in governing. With no great military victories. There was the Crimean War. But it ended at best in a draw.It is not surprising that modern France scarcely remembers this man. In contrast to the first Napoleon.


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