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Maximilian and Carlota : a tale of romance and tragedy / by Gene Smith.

Smith, Gene. (Author).



In this new telling of Mexico's Second Empire and Louis Napoléon's installation of Maximilian von Habsburg and his wife, Carlota of Belgium, as the emperor and empress of Mexico, Maximilian and Carlota brings the dramatic, interesting, and tragic time of this six-year-siege to life. From 1861 to 1866, the French incorporated the armies of Austria, Belgium--including forces from Crimea to Egypt--to fight and subdue the regime of Mexico's Benito Juárez during the time of the U.S. Civil War. France viewed this as a chance to seize Mexican territory in a moment they were convinced the Confederacy would prevail and take over Mexico. With both sides distracted in the U.S., this was their opportunity to seize territory in North America. In 1867, with aid from the United States, this movement came to a disastrous end both for the royals and for France while ushering in a new era for Mexico. In a bid to oust Juárez, Mexican conservatives appealed to European leaders to select a monarch to run their country. Maximilian and Carlota's reign, from 1864 to 1867, was marked from the start by extravagance and ambition and ended with the execution of Maximilian by firing squad, with Carlota on the brink of madness.

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  • ISBN: 0688001734
  • ISBN: 9780688001735
  • Physical Description: 318 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : William Morrow & Co., Inc., 1973.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-300) and index.
Subject: Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1832-1867.
Carlota, Empress, consort of Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1840-1927.
Mexico > History > European intervention, 1861-1867.
México > Historia > Intervención Europea > 1861 1867.
Carlota, Empress, consort of Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1840-1927
Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1832-1867
European Intervention in Mexico (1861-1867)
Genre: Biographies.

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