The Last Emperor of Mexico: A Disaster in the New World Shawcross, Edward

The Last Emperor of Mexico: A Disaster in the New World

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'The jaw-dropping tale of Mexico's Habsburg emperor is told with brio and narrative punch.This is a page-turning history of imperial hubris and nemesis, deceit and delusion, love and betrayal on a grand scale, written in an easy, lucid style.' Sunday Times

'Edward Shawcross's entertaining history explores one of the most reckless political and military adventures of the 19th century . . . the attempt in the 1860s to establish a monarchy in Mexico under Maximilian, the Habsburg archduke who was the brother of Franz Joseph, emperor of Austria. . . A superbly entertaining and well-researched account that sets a new standard for histories of the doomed escapade.' Financial Times

'One of the most monstrous enterprises in the annals of international history,' said Karl Marx. ' A madness without parallel since Don Quixote,' said a future French president. This is history's judgement on the events surrounding the ill-fated reign of Maximilian of Mexico, the young Austrian archduke who in 1864 crossed the Atlantic to assume a faraway throne.

He had been convinced to do so by a duplicitous Napoleon III. Keen to spread his own interests abroad, the French emperor promised Maximilian a hero's welcome, which he would ensure with his own mighty military support. Instead, Maximilian walked into a bloody guerrilla war - and with a headful of impractical ideals and a penchant for pomp and butterflies, the so-called new emperor was singularly unequipped for the task.

The ensuing saga would feature the great world leaders of the day, popes, bandits and queens; intrigue, conspiracy and cut-throat statecraft, as Mexico became the pivotal battleground in the global balance of power, between Old Europe and the burgeoning force of the New World: American imperialism.

The Last Emperor of Mexico is the vivid history of this barely known, barely believable episode - a bloody tragedy of operatic proportions, and a vital debacle, the effects of which would be felt into the twentieth century and beyond.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9780571360574
BY (AUTHOR) Shawcross, Edward
PUBLISHER : Faber & Faber PUBLICATION DATE : January 20, 2022
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Faber & Faber
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Hardback
DIMENSION : 234 mm x 153 mm
WEIGHT : 562 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
DESCRIPTION : 'The jaw-dropping tale of Mexico's Habsburg emperor is told with brio and narrative punch.This is a page-turning history of imperial hubris and nemesis, deceit and delusion, love and betrayal on a grand scale, written in an easy, lucid style.' Sunday Times'Edward Shawcross's entertaining history explores one of the most reckless political and military adventures of the 19th century . . . the attempt in the 1860s to establish a monarchy in Mexico under Maximilian, the Habsburg archduke who was the brother of Franz Joseph, emperor of Austria. . . A superbly entertaining and well-researched account that sets a new standard for histories of the doomed escapade.' Financial Times'One of the most monstrous enterprises in the annals of international history,' said Karl Marx. ' A madness without parallel since Don Quixote,' said a future French president. This is history's judgement on the events surrounding the ill-fated reign of Maximilian of Mexico, the young Austrian archduke who in 1864 crossed the Atlantic to assume a faraway throne.He had been convinced to do so by a duplicitous Napoleon III. Keen to spread his own interests abroad, the French emperor promised Maximilian a hero's welcome, which he would ensure with his own mighty military support. Instead, Maximilian walked into a bloody guerrilla war - and with a headful of impractical ideals and a penchant for pomp and butterflies, the so-called new emperor was singularly unequipped for the task.The ensuing saga would feature the great world leaders of the day, popes, bandits and queens; intrigue, conspiracy and cut-throat statecraft, as Mexico became the pivotal battleground in the global balance of power, between Old Europe and the burgeoning force of the New World: American imperialism.The Last Emperor of Mexico is the vivid history of this barely known, barely believable episode - a bloody tragedy of operatic proportions, and a vital debacle, the effects of which would be felt into the twentieth century and beyond. PRODUCT DETAILS : ISBN : 9780571360574 BY (AUTHOR) Shawcross, Edward PUBLISHER : Faber & Faber PUBLICATION DATE : January 20, 2022 COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Faber & Faber LANGUAGE : English AGE : General PRODUCT FORM : Hardback DIMENSION : 234 mm x 153 mm WEIGHT : 562 g PRODUCT CATEGORY : History & Archaeology