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Author Amberson, Mary Margaret McAllen.

Title Maximilian and Carlota : Europe's last empire in Mexico / M. M. McAllen.

Publication Info. San Antonio, Texas : Trinity University Press, [2014]

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Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Maximilian AMB    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    972.07 AMB    Available
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Non-Fiction    972.07 AMB    Available
Description xii, 521 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-509) and index.
Summary "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. This epoch moment in the arc of French colonial rule, which spans North American and European history at a critical juncture on both continents, shows how Napoleon III's failure to save Maximilian disgusted Europeans and sealed his own fate. Maximilian and Carlota offers a vivid portrait of the unusual marriage of Maximilian and Carlota and of international high society and politics at this critical nineteenth-century juncture. This largely unknown era in the history of the Americas comes to life through this colorful telling of the couple's tragic reign. "-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: Mexicans, you have desired my presence -- The right of kings -- Sooner or later, war will have to be declared -- The Red Avenger -- The siege of Puebla -- Honor of the House of Habsburg -- What would you think of me -- The future will be splendid -- A task worthy of the damned -- Our daily bread -- A premonitory symptom -- Every drop of my blood is Mexican -- Like a lost soul -- The French repatriation -- The empire is nothing without the emperor -- Beware of the French -- Someone is intent on poisoning me -- Getting out of the toils of the French -- Liberator I will be -- War is war -- The enemy is here -- I have cared for you all -- ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva el Emperador! -- Epilogue.
Subject Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1832-1867.
Carlota, Empress, consort of Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1840-1927.
Mexico -- History -- European intervention, 1861-1867.
Emperors -- Mexico -- Biography.
Empresses -- Mexico -- Biography.
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