Date of Award

Summer 1940

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The study of the ill-fated French Empire in Mexico is one of the most colorful and fascinating phases of history. This problem has distinguished itself as the most serious threat that has ever challenged the Monroe Doctrine, a threat to the very principles upon which the Doctrine was founded. In this thesis, I have endeavored to point out the important position which William Seward, as Secretary of State, held in the termination of the Mexican Empire and evacuation of French troops. By his clever diplomacy and persistent attitude, he brought about the collapse of Maximilian's Empire, with the aid of a threatening European situation, the unstable French domestic politics and unsettled political conditions in Mexico.