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Maximilian and Carlota: Europe's Last Empire in Mexico Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595341839
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Trinity University Press - January 14th, 2014

In this new telling of Mexico's Second Empire and Louis Napoleon'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 Juarez 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 Juarez, 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.