second french empire

  1. The Fallen Eagle
    Threadmarks: The Orsini Affair

    The Orsini Affair Excerpt from The unexpected heir: the life of Charles-Louis Napoléon Bonaparte by Leonardo Ferrari By 1858 the emperor Napoleon III had completely consolidated his power. In his ten years in charge of France he had managed to eliminate most of the internal opposition through...
  2. WI: The Deputies Do Their Diligence?

    Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew and step grandson of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, served as the first President of France, and was the only president elected in the second republic, because he would goon to abolish it in favor of a second empire. Suppose though that either the 1849...
  3. SunKing105

    WI: Napoleon III assassinated in 1858?

    In 1858, an Italian nationalist by the name of Felice Orsini attempted to assassinate French emperor Napoleon III, while he and his wife were on the way to the theatre in the Rue Le Peletier, and failed to kill them. What if he had succeeded, and the bomb breaks through the glass and lands on...
  4. Fate of New Caledonia if not annexed to France in 1853?

    What alternatives were there had Napoleon III not annexed the island(s), and what might it mean for the New Hebrides, modern Vanuatu too?
  5. Napoleon III becomes emperor in 1836?

    The future emperor Napoleon II attempted to depose king Louis-Philippe through a coup in 1836, but the ordeal was a fiasco and he had to return to Switzerland. Here's a snippet from Wikipedia that talks about it: "Wikipedia: He planned for his uprising to begin in Strasbourg. The colonel of a...
  6. Basileus_Komnenos

    Imperator Francorum: A Napoleon II Timeline
    Threadmarks: Prologue

    Imperator Francorum: A Napoleon II Timeline “I envy that boy. Glory is waiting there for him: I had to run after her. I will have been Phillip: he will be Alexander. He has only to extend an arm, and the world is his.”...
  7. KingOnTheEdge

    DBWI: France Loses The Franco-Prussian War?

    OTL, despite some early successes, the Prussian military was ultimately repulsed by the Second French Empire and Bismarck's web of central european friends and clients dissolved as France marched for Berlin once more in the 19th century, as the French had modernized much more successfully than...
  8. AHC: the Franco-Prussian war Escalates

    Okay, so how would one go about escalating the Franco-Prussian war into some sort of premature World War 1, or at least a conflict that spans across almost all of Europe? Assuming this is possible, what would such a conflict look like? How would it go? Who would be allied with the French, and...
  9. Disraeli2004

    What if France won the Franco-Prussian War? (1870-1925)

    This is an expanded version of my earlier post, please feel free to comment! In this alternate scenario, Bismarck must retire during 1870 due to ill health. This isn’t that far fetched- his quasi-depression at seeing what he thought was a Prussian humiliation caused significant ill health...
  10. Disraeli2004

    My Version of: What if France Won the Franco-Prussian war?

    Please comment on this, that would be most welcome! :) In this alternate scenario, Bismarck must retire during 1870 due to ill health. This isn’t that far fetched- his quasi-depression at seeing what he thought was a Prussian humilliation caused significant ill health. Thus, the Austro-Prussian...
  11. ETGalaxy

    What if Prussia joined the Second Italian War of Independence?

    During the Second Italian War of Independence, the Kingdom of Prussia mobilized against the French, however, peace was achieved before the Prussians could join. So, let's assume that the Second War of Italian Independence either lasts a bit longer or Prussia declares war on the French for some...
  12. Earlier Fall of the Second French Empire = No Franco-Prussian War?

    So, some food for thought. The Franco-Prussian War was one of the biggest game-changers in European history and would help set the stage for future European and global effects. Furthermore, we know the story on how the war started and how Bismarck helped manipulate the events with Napoleon III...
  13. WI: Second Mexican American War/Franco-American War in 1865

    I was reading through "The Lost Cause: The Confederate Exodus to Mexico" and I saw these quotes regarding Secretary Seward's cautious approach to the situation in Mexico. What if cooler heads do not prevail, and the United States declares war upon the Empire of Mexico in July of 1865? Perhaps...
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