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Emperor for three years: the doomed reign of Maximilian I of Mexico

15 January 2022

9:00 AM

15 January 2022

9:00 AM

The Last Emperor of Mexico: The Dramatic Story of the Habsburg Archduke who Created a Kingdom in the New World Edward Shawcross

Faber, pp.336, 20

On 8 April 1864 an Austrian archduke with a penchant for daydreaming agreed to be emperor of Mexico. As Edward Shawcross describes in his majestic history The Last Emperor of Mexico, the process to install Maximilian of Habsburg began two and half years earlier. The plan was proposed by a determined clique of Mexican Conservatives and developed by Napoleon III, the scheming emperor of France.

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