England and Napoleon III, a Study of the Rise of a Utopian Dictator

England and Napoleon III, a Study of the Rise of a Utopian Dictator

England and Napoleon III, a Study of the Rise of a Utopian Dictator

England and Napoleon III, a Study of the Rise of a Utopian Dictator

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As a political exile, Louis Napoleon, destined to become the third but not the third-rate Emperor Napoleon, sojourned comfortably for a number of years among the English people. During that time he mingled amiably in their society, rubbing elbows with the blue-blooded aristocrats as well as with the middle- class tradesmen; met their political and intellectual luminaries; adopted their customs and--to a degree-- their point of view; and, most important of all, courted and won their friendship. While in refugee "retirement" he had intelligently scrutinized the career of his illustrious uncle; in his consequent determination to avoid Bonaparte's errors and to capitalize on the Corsican's successes, he early reached the conclusion that one of the greatest mistakes of Napoleon I was his blind hatred of the British, the despicable "nation of shopkeepers." Thus instructed by reference to the avuncular precedent, the young nephew saw the importance of British approval and planned to make a policy of . . .

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