The Shadow Emperor

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The French Emperor Napoléon III was a man driven by the desire to surpass his famous uncle, but his reign was marred by scandal and ended in humiliating defeat. Drawing on years of research, this definitive biography reassesses the achievements and failures of a ruler whose political, cultural and economic influence on France was immense, describing how he expanded the French empire, revolutionized banking and finance, developed the railway network, and even oversaw the creation of the first department stores.

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The Shadow Emperor

The Shadow Emperor

A Biography of Napoléon III

Hardback508pp240x160mm

9781445684192     Product Code: 505104

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The French Emperor Napoléon III was a man driven by the desire to surpass his famous uncle, but his reign was marred by scandal and ended in humiliating defeat. Drawing on years of research, this definitive biography reassesses the achievements and failures of a ruler whose political, cultural and economic influence on France was immense, describing how he expanded the French empire, revolutionized banking and finance, developed the railway network, and even oversaw the creation of the first department stores.

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