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The bloody history of radical revolutionary movements in France has frequently provoked otherwise reasonable people in other countries to have an unreasoning fear of alternative political movements. In 1871, Napoleon III ruled France in a way that made him very popular with the rich and with aristocrats and would-be aristocrats around the world (particularly in the U.S.). In particular, he rigorously suppressed any hint of dissent, and prevented the development of trade unions and socialist political...more