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EMPIRE. This word signifies, first, authority or command; it is the power to command or govern those actions of men which would otherwise be free; secondly, the country under the government of an emperor but sometimes it is used to designate a country subject to kingly power, as the British empire. Wolff, Inst. Sec. 833.

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Second Empire had a muscle problem a month ago which partly explains the extraordinary ride he was given by Christy Roche in the Irish 2,000.
O'Brien added: "We got it wrong with Second Empire early last season, but he ran some good races later on and was unlucky to get chopped off at the first bend when he ran sixth in the Breeders' Cup Mile."
Fontainebleau was the setting of the Second Empire court of his nephew Napoleon III.
The implosion of the Second Empire on the battlefield of Sedan in September 1870, when the French armies suffered lightning defeat at the hands of the Prussians, has only intensified the suspicion that this was a society doomed to perish.
(430) All serious students of the years 1848-1870 in France must pursue their inquiry into the period with this volume by Price and his earlier The Second Empire; to put the matter simply, taken together they are indispensable.
No, it was not the Second Empire which upset Guizot's edifice but the Third Republic.
Art and Literature of the Second Empire/Les Arts et la Litterature sous le Second Empire. Durham: University of Durham, 2003.
Knowing that a geographical theory of capital circulation and capitalist production would be vital to understanding Second Empire Paris and its specific geographic configurations, Harvey set out to integrate a spatialised Marxism with a closely observed historical geography of Parisian urban transformation.
Artists represented include Kathe Hollwitz, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, George Grosz, Lionel Feininger among a wide range of artists whose work spans the the years between the Second Empire and the rise of the Nazis.
Desmond Seward's book is a sprightly and evocative account of the world of France's Second Empire. Much of this biography consists of enjoyable essays on different aspects of Eugenie's colourful but tragic life.
His Second Empire colt ran a cracker on his racecourse bow, defying odds of 20-1 to finish third in a maiden at Ripon.

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