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Last Emperor of Mexico

A Disaster in the New World

'Hilarious, heartbreaking and utterly extraordinary.' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times Books of the Year

'Superbly entertaining.' Financial Times

'Jaw-dropping.' Sunday Times

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'Hilarious, heartbreaking and utterly extraordinary.' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times Books of the Year

'Superbly entertaining.' Financial Times

'Jaw-dropping.' Sunday Times

'Fascinating.' Guardian

'Gripping.' The Times

'Terrific . . . A page-turning history of imperial hubris and nemesis, deceit and delusion, love and betrayal on a grand scale.' Sunday Times

In 1864, a young Austrian archduke by the name of Maximilian crossed the Atlantic to assume a faraway throne. He had been lured into the voyage by a duplicitous Napoleon III. Keen to spread his own interests abroad, the French emperor had promised Maximilian a hero's welcome. Instead, he walked into a bloody guerrilla war. With a head full of impractical ideals - and a penchant for pomp and butterflies - the new 'emperor' was singularly ill-equipped for what lay in store.

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

Detaljer

Forlag
Faber & Faber
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
336
ISBN
9780571360581
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

After graduating from the University of Oxford, Edward Shawcross lived and worked in France, then South Korea and finally Colombia before returning to London where he completed a PhD at UCL. His research specialised on French imperialism in Latin America and the Mexican intellectual thought that underpinned the Second Mexican Empire.

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