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The concluding chapter details a model for French informal empire in Latin and compares it with British imperialism. It explains that French informal imperialism relied far more heavily on discourses, such as monarchy, pan-Latinism and conservatism, in order to attract local elites to France. At times of civil conflict, these elites welcomed French military intervention to further their own domestic agendas. However, this model was not successful for France or for its collaborating elites. The conclusion explores the reasons for this. This chapter shows that the Second Mexican Empire was as much a Mexican creation as a French one, which not only resulted (with the execution of Maximilian) in the end of the French informal model of imperialism, but also the final defeat of Mexican conservatism.

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  1. 1.Independent ScholarLondonUK

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