Napoleon III’s regime brought a degree of stability and glory to France which she had not experienced since 1815. However, the period of the Second Empire is difficult to disentangle and the conflicting elements have produced many different historical assessments. Louis Napoleon had great confidence that it was his destiny to rule France and carry on where his uncle had left off. This meant that he wanted to build upon the 1815 amendments to the Imperial constitution and the Napoleonic legend and create a system of authority

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