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The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim$
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Robert E. May

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049229

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049229.001.0001

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Napoleon is Coming! Maximilian is Coming?

Napoleon is Coming! Maximilian is Coming?

The International History of the Civil War in the Caribbean Basin

(p.115) Napoleon is Coming! Maximilian is Coming?
The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim

Thomas Schoonover

University Press of Florida

Thomas Schoonover contends in this chapter that before, during, and after the Civil War, Americans and Europeans competed diplomatically, economically, culturally, and sometimes militarily for advantage in the countries of the Gulf-Caribbean region, often for purposes of social imperialism (improving conditions at home through foreign ventures). Schoonover argues that the Union was better situated to navigate this competition than the Confederacy because of its superior economic position. He gives particular attention to the French intervention in Mexico and argues that the Confederacy erred in its priorities in the Gulf-Caribbean region. Schoonover's chapter incorporates Spain, Prussia, and other countries into its narrative and cautions against ethnocentric treatments of the American past.

Keywords:   Maximilian, France, Imperialism, Word-systems, Gold, Filibuster, Mexico, Corwin, Spain

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