History

Distaff Diplomacy

Author: Nancy Nichols Barker

Publisher: University of Texas Press

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Category: History

Page: 268

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The Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III and one of the most beautiful women ever to grace a throne, was the victim of her own inconstant mind. A daughter of an aristocratic Spanish family, she had a natural reverence for legitimate monarchy; yet her high-spirited temperament and chivalric outlook made her admire instinctively the boldness and aura of glory that she associated with the Napoleonic empire. The incongruous principles of Legitimism and Bonapartism battling within the Empress produced in her a double-mindedness that had tragic consequences. The Empress has always been a controversial figure. Her enemies have blamed her the fall of the Second Empire and the defeat of France; her admirers have disclaimed for her any part in the mistakes that led to the disastrous Franco-Prussian War of 1870. To determine the actual role that Eugénie played, Barker, using material from public and private European archives and a wide range of published works, examines in Distaff Diplomacy the development of the Empress' views on foreign affairs and ascertains their effect on the formation of the policies of the Second Empire. Eugénie's influence fluctuated widely over the years. As a bride she was neither interested in nor knowledgable about foreign matters; as a middle-aged woman, in the late years of the Empire, she was discredited by her past errors, but she continued to pull strings outside of normal diplomatic channels. Her most sustained and effective work, from 1861 to 1863, was largely the inspiration for a grand design to remake the map to assure French hegemony in Europe and to establish an empire in Mexico. The success of this design rested on an Austro-French alliance; but the design itself, reflecting the Empress' incoherent thinking, contained the fatal inconsistencies that made Austrian rejection of it inevitable. Since the Mexican expedition and the diplomatic muddle of 1863 were the watershed from which the subsequent troubles of the Empire flowed, the Empress must be held responsible for seriously undermining the foreign policy of the Empire. Despite Eugénie's many fine qualities—her generosity of spirit, her splendid courage, and her moral integrity—her diplomatic efforts, affected as they were by her background, temperament, state of health, and changing moods, did not amount to statesmanship. This first systematic examination of the Empress' influence on foreign policy delves deeply and carefully into the subject.
Military art and science

Special Bibliography

Author: US Army Military History Institute

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Special Bibliography

Author: US Army Military History Research Collection

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Biography & Autobiography

The Life Of Napoleon Iii: Derived From State Records, From Unpublished Family Correspondence, And From Personal Testimony

Author: Blanchard Jerrold

Publisher: Wentworth Press

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 500

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History

The Life of Napoleon Iii, Derived from State Records, from Unpublished Family Correspondence, and from Personal Testimony; with Family Portraits in Th

Author: Blanchard Jerrold

Publisher: Hardpress Publishing

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Category: History

Page: 538

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Booksellers and bookselling

Catalog

Author: Walter M. Hill (Firm)

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