The Life of Napoleon III; Derived from State Records, from Unpublished Family Correspondence, and from Personal Testimony Volume 1

The Life of Napoleon III; Derived from State Records, from Unpublished Family Correspondence, and from Personal Testimony Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... One great good has been absent from our time, and it is becoming more and more necessary--peace. If I were a Bourbonist, it would be my great cheval de bataille. Instead of resting myself on a basis of liberty, which is absurd with Divine right, I would stand on the real prosperity of a country; that is, its material happiness. The most profitable development of its intelligence is when it is applied to industry. Peace alone permits such benefits, and it is through the Bourbons only that the peace of Europe can be assured. Don't laugh: for there is logic in this. But the republicans who want to topple everything over, preaching the reign of industry, disarmament, economy, are inconsequential, and Europe would soon drag them down if they were to reach power. They appear to me to be as simple, or as deceitful as the Bourbonists preaching liberty. These latter have the advantage of being able to say that with peace I can give you 1 Hortense was a great tea-drinker, and the teas of Arenenberg were a great feature of the day. a little grain of liberty without frightening my neigh-Chap. bours: try and be content with the dose, or I shall with-: . draw it altogether. The middle party pretend to show the good of both causes; but their position is a difficult one, for scales lean first to one side and then to the other. They have managed to have a little peace, a little liberty, a little industry. Their strength is in their skill, and also in the divisions and weakness of the other parties; and I believe it to be much more solid than is generally believed. 'I keep to my plan of passing two months in Geneva. Louis prefers that I should put off the journey on account of his work; and I, who am only thinking of leaving my retreat for him, consent...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236863445
  • 9781236863447