Spectacular Politics

Spectacular Politics : Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte and the Fete Imperial, 1849-1870

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This study examines Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte's use of public spectacle to dazzle and seduce the French population after the inception of universal male suffrage in 1848. Drawing on newspapers, archival sources, and memoirs, Truesdell argues that as President of the Second Republic and then as Emperor Napoleon III, Louis-Napoleon pioneered the modern techniques of image poitics and the manipulation of a mass electorate. This study will be of interest to scholars of early modern France, political practice, and modern Europe.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 160.5 x 237.7 x 21.6mm | 571.54g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones
  • 019510689X
  • 9780195106893
  • 2,021,430

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an evocative summary of the ways in which Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte used festivals to represent the image that he sought to present to the French ... The study ... is well written and evocatively makes use of rich material available in the Archives Nationales and contemporary newspapers and other accounts. * John Merriman, French History *show more

About Matthew N. Truesdell

Matthew Truesdell received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992.show more