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Last Emperor of Mexico

Full Episode | 44:00

Who was Archduke Maximilian? Join us as we examine the brief and contentious reign of the last emperor of Mexico, a complex member of the powerful Habsburg family, from his royal childhood to his role in expanding Napoleon III's empire.

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In Austria, he was known as an art collector and idealist. In Mexico, he was a colonialist aggressor responsible for thousands of deaths. And in France, he lost an empire. But who was the real Archduke Maximilian? Join us as we examine the brief and contentious reign of the last emperor of Mexico, a complex and conflicted member of the powerful Habsburg family, from his royal childhood in Vienna to his alliance with Napoleon III, who wanted to expand his empire to the Western Hemisphere.

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