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The last emperor of Mexico : the dramatic story of the Habsburg Archduke who created a kingdom in the new world  Cover Image Book Book

The last emperor of Mexico : the dramatic story of the Habsburg Archduke who created a kingdom in the new world

Shawcross, Edward (author.).


Summary: "In the 1860s, Napoleon III persuaded a young Austrian Archduke and a Belgian princess to leave Europe and become the Emperor and Empress of Mexico. Political novices Maximilian and Carlota accepted the throne and arrived in a Mexico newly pacified by a French army of 30,000 troops ruled by terror, pushing Mexico's great revolutionary leader Benito Juarez to the American border. Maximilian and Carlotta were unable to raise new taxes and found themselves simultaneously contending with France's threats to withdraw troops and battling Juarez's resurgent forces. When America aided Juarez in pushing back Maximilian's imperial soldiers, their regime fell apart. Maximilian was executed by a firing squad and Carlota descended into madness, spending the rest of her long life secluded in a Belgian castle"--

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  • ISBN: 9781541674196
  • ISBN: 1541674197
  • Physical Description: print
    vii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York City : Basic Books, 2021.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The plot against Mexico -- The Archduke and the princess -- French invasion -- The Mexican crown -- Emperor and empress -- Liberal empire -- The end of the affair -- Abdication crisis -- Under siege -- The trial.
Subject: Maximilian Emperor of Mexico 1832-1867
Emperors Mexico Biography
Mexico History European intervention, 1861-1867
Mexico Politics and government 1861-1867
Carlota Empress, consort of Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico 1840-1927
Empresses Mexico Biography
Genre: Biographies.

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