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Mexico and the Foreign Policy of Napoleon III
Michele Cunningham demonstrates that Napoleon III's motives for intervening in Mexico in the 1860s were consistent with his foreign policy, which was based on his belief that free trade was the best foundation for peace. He saw the establishment of a friendly government in Mexico as an opportunity to expand that policy to encompass the world by ensuring European access to ...more
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published July 6th 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published April 17th 2001)
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May 18, 2012 William Young rated it 3 of 5 stars
Cunningham writes a revisionist history of Emperor Napoleon III of France's intentions and activities in Mexico from 1861 to 1867. Instead of arguments that Napoleon sought to establish French control in Mexico and the region for French strategic and economic gains, the author stresses the emperor's "selfless and humanitarian motives" to stablize the political situation in Mexico and enable access for all nations to the markets of Central America. Cunningham believes that Napoleon had no long-te ...more