Distaff Diplomacy: The Empress Eugenie and the Foreign Policy of the Second Empire

Distaff Diplomacy The Empress Eugenie and the Foreign Policy of the Second Empire The Empress Eugenie 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

The Empress Eugenie, 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 assocThe Empress Eugenie, 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 Eugenie 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 Eugenie 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 channel

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