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Gaslight and Shadow by Roger Lawrence Williams
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A charming, well-written look at a culturally rich time in France's history, Napoleon III's benevolent dictatorship. Rather than writing a straightforward big-picture political history, Williams chooses instead to illuminate different aspects of the period by giving us a biography of a different pivotal figure in each chapter. There are chapters on political influencers, the composer Halevy, the artist Corbusier, writer and literary critic St. Beuve, an educator, a scientist, a promenient woman, and so on. I thought it was great, really fun and a nice way to delve into the cultural and "daily life" history while still getting a good sense of what was going on politically.
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