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Crowns and ColoniesEuropean Monarchies and Overseas Empires$
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Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993153

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993153.001.0001

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Napoleon III and France’s colonial expansion: national grandeur, territorial conquests and colonial embellishment, 1852–70

Napoleon III and France’s colonial expansion: national grandeur, territorial conquests and colonial embellishment, 1852–70

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(p.211) Chapter Eleven Napoleon III and France’s colonial expansion: national grandeur, territorial conquests and colonial embellishment, 1852–70
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Crowns and Colonies
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Emmanuelle Guenot

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784993153.003.0011

Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte (1808–73), nephew of Napoleon I, came to power in 1851 after a coup d’étatreplacing the short-lived Second Republic (1848–51). His eighteen-year reign (1852–70) provided a respite to a series of internal political turmoil and changes in the French regime that had slowed France’s economic development. Under his leadership, economic prosperity and modernisation were promoted as a means to compete with France’s newly industrialised neighbours, while a desire to emulate past colonial glories and his determination to restore France to its rightful place in the world led to a significant overseas expansion that extended across Africa, Asia, the Americas and the South Pacific. The new colonial acquisitions also included a programme of colonial embellishment modelled on the modernisation of Paris that created proud French colonial cities reflecting personal prestige and national grandeur.

Keywords:   Napoleon III, French overseas empire, Algeria, Indochina, Colonial Haussmannisation, French colonial expansion, Second Empire

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