The influence of the factories is apparent with the Schneider factory in Le Creusot.
Lastly, the title of Truquins essay also sheds some light on the Second Empire.
"A proletarian in times of Revolution" indicates that the work force was beginning to mobilize and come together in a more cohesive manner.
Despite his strong achievements of modernizing France, Napoleon III life and legacy are mostly unknown. Charles-Louis Napoléon Bonaparte is the nephew of Napoleon I.
He was born in Paris in April 1808, the year his uncle conquered Spain.
Truquin offers his viewpoint on the latter on page 290 when the old man with whom he is speaking declares: "No one cares about politics any more.
A veritable reign of terror has taken hold of the country since 2 December." This is a direct reference to Louis-Napolons crowning of himself emperor.Socialism helped the proletariat gain the courage to demand better conditions; in fact, Dumays whole story exemplifies this.He was a rebel who sought these equal rights and despised the wealth being accumulated by the bourgeois elite to which the Second Empire catered.Napolon Is son had died in 1832, so Louis-Napolon took the title of Napolon III.His reign would soon prove to be one of many ups and downs.From these essays, one can reasonably deduce the sentiments and conditions that French workers felt and endured over the years in spite of the one-dimensional effect of having only the workers viewpoint considered.Napolon IIIs Second Empire did bring prosperity, but workers got little of it.We also see again the importance of the railroad system as Dumay temporarily finds employment there and again the working conditions were horrid.Napolon III insisted on furthering the system in order to keep France in competition for the right to claim to be the central power of Europe and also to keep up with Englands free trade system that pushed France even further behind in industry.During his military service, we find an important element that was slowly gaining popularity with the proletariat: socialism.We see this in the office of Baloch, Dumays lieutenant : "I would see on the night table that stood near his bed the works of Cabet, Victor Considrant and especially Proudhon." All of these were well-known socialist writers.