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We have selected here for you a list of books (all currently available) which we consider key works on the life and works of Napoleon III and the Second Empire in general.



Dictionnaire du Second Empire, ed. Jean Tulard, Paris: Fayard, 1995, 1347 p.

In French, but worth the effort.

voirOn Napoleon III


Smith, W.H.C., Napoleon III: the Pursuit of Prestige, London: Collins and Brown, 1991, 144 p.

Brief but very useful - the only work in English by the Irish specialist on all things Second Empire - his biography of Napoleon III (in French, Hachette, 1983) is the standard work.

McMillan, J.F., Napoleon III, London: Longman (Profiles in Power), 1991, 208 p.

Guest, I., Napoleon III in England, London: British Technical and General Press, 1951

voirOn the Empress EugÉnie


Kurtz, H., The Empress Eugénie, 1826-1920, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1964, 407 p.

A useful biography - see also that by William Smith (in French, Bartillat, 1998).

voirThe Prince Imperial


Tisdall, E.E.P., The Prince Imperial: a study of his life among the British, [London]: Jarrolds, [1959]

The most recent monograph.

voirBefore the Second Empire


Mansel, P., Paris between the empires, 1814-1852, London: John Murray, 2001, 559 p.

voirOn the Second Empire


Smith, W.H.C., Second Empire and Commune: France 1848-1871, London: Longman, 1985

voirOn the Prussian crisis and the war of 1870

Bonnin, G. (trans. I.M. Massey), Bismark and the Hohenzollern Candidature, London: Chatto and Windus, 1957, 312 p.

Case, L., French opinion on War and Diplomacy during the Second Empire, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1954, 339 p.

Howard, M., The Franco-Prussian War: the German invasion of France, 1870-1871, London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1960, 512 p.

voirArt and architecture

Mainardi, P., Art and Politics of the Second Empire. The Universal Expositions of 1855 and 1867, London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987, 247 p.


Pinkney, D., Napoleon III and the Rebuilding of Paris, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1958, 245 p.


Saalman, H., Haussmann: Paris transformed, New York: George Braziller, [1971], 128 p.


Jordan, D.P., Transforming Paris: the life and labors of Baron Haussmann, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996, 455 p.



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