Distaff Diplomacy

Distaff Diplomacy

by Nancy Nichols Barker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292735927
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Nancy Nichols Barker (1925–1994) was Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Abbreviations Used in the Footnotes
  • I. FROM COUNTESS TO EMPRESS: “La Montijo Triomphe”
    • A Mésalliance?
    • The Eastern Question
    • Eyes across the Pyrenees
    • The Beginning of Trouble with Rome
  • II. THE ITALIAN WAR : An Apprentice in Revolt
    • Orsini and the Empress’ Italian Phase
    • “Our Cause is Good …”
    • Madame la Régente
    • In Defense of Altar—
    • —And Throne
  • III. THE COLD WAR of 1859–1861: The Triumph of the “Italianissimes”
    • The Argument over the Preliminaries of Villafranca
    • “The Battle of Compiègne”
    • “The Pope and the Congress”
    • Complications at Home
    • Annexation of Nice and Savoy: An Idyllic Interlude
    • Frustration and Flight
    • Revolution Prevails
  • IV. THE GRAND DESIGN: Italy, Mexico, and Poland, 1861–1863
    • Reversing the Revolutionary Trend
    • The Origin of the Mexican Venture
    • The Roman Question: A Trial of Strength
    • The Fall of Thouvenel
    • The Polish Revolt: A Marriage of Inclination?
  • V. EMPIRE IN THE DOLDRUMS : The Loss of Hegemony, 1863–1866
    • A Woman Scorned
    • Reactions and Reprisals: Rome—
    • —And Mexico
    • Prewar Diplomacy—Picking a Loser
  • VI. AFTER SADOWA : “The Beginning of the End of the Dynasty”
    • The Impact of Sadowa
    • The Forage for Compensations
    • Political Limbo
    • The Roman Question Again
    • Realignments and Reappraisals
  • VII. A TIME TO SPEAK : “II Faut en Finir”
    • In Quest of Allies
    • Fall of the Vice Emperor
    • Revolution in Spain
    • The Hohenzollern Candidacy for the Spanish Throne
    • Premature Exultation
    • The Demand for Guarantees
    • The Declaration of War
  • Appendix: Metternich to Rechberg, February 22, 1863
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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