French imperial tours
Napoléon III and Eugénie in Algeria and beyond
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This chapter examines the tours of Napoléon and, on his first visit, Empress Eugénie to Algeria, setting them in the context of the emperor's energetic colonial and international policies. It briefly considers in relation to other travels of the imperial couple and their son, the prince imperial also named Napoléon. The chapter shows the variety of journeys undertaken by members of royal families, including ones deposed from their thrones. It demonstrates the way in which experiences and impressions during a tour, such as Napoléon's brief first visit to Algeria, contributed to the formulation of policy, and how that second tour both revealed and obscured conflicts inherent in colonialism. Napoléon had considered having himself crowned in 1852 as 'King of Algiers' as well as Emperor of the French, but he invested limited effort in Algeria during the first years of his rule.

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