The Se­cond French Em­pire

History of War - - CONTENTS -

Napoleon III re­vived France’s im­pe­rial am­bi­tions, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing great vic­to­ries and costly de­feats

France once again al­lies with Bri­tain, this time against Qing China. An An­glo-french force at­tacks and oc­cu­pies Can­ton. The re­sult­ing Treaty of Tientsin opens more Chi­nese ports to Western trade, and the French and Bri­tish es­tab­lish em­bassies in the pre­vi­ously closed city of Bei­jing.

A com­mem­o­ra­tive medal, is­sued to all French sol­diers and sailors who par­tic­i­pated in the ex­pe­di­tion to China. The Chi­nese char­ac­ters on the rib­bon read ‘Bei­jing’

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