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A Velvet Empire: French Informal Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century

David Todd


After Napoleon's downfall in 1815, France embraced a mostly informal style of empire, one that emphasized economic and cultural influence rather than military conquest. This book is a global history of French imperialism in the nineteenth century, providing new insights into the mechanisms of imperial collaboration that extended France's power from the Middle East to Latin America and ushered in the modern age of globalization. The book shows how French elites pursued a cunning strategy of imperial expansion in which conspicuous commodities, such as champagne and silk textiles, together with l ... More

Keywords: soft power, French elite, French imperialism, nineteenth century, imperial collaboration, France, globalization, imperial expansion, French colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780691171838
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691171838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Todd, author
King's College London