Napoleon III's ambition to construct a paradoxical liberal empire encountered a major obstacle in the realm of the press, which chafed under censure and forced the Emperor to consider the ramifications that absolutism would have for his reign, given France's revolutionary history. The article traces the history of censure under the Second Empire, to identify Napoleon III's motivations for liberalization and its consequences for his regime.
Iancau, Oana M.
"Between Censure and Liberalization: The Press and Publishing in Second Empire France,"
Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History: Vol. 13:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/aujh/vol13/iss1/2