Juarez and the Mexican Republic during the French Intervention: Government Under Crisis.
ARMY MILITARY PERSONNEL CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA
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The republican government of Benito Juarez left Mexico City on May 31, 1863, to flee the occupying forces of the Second French Empire and returned on July 15, 1867, after the withdrawal of the French and the defeat of the Mexican imperial government. Despite imperial occupation of major cities and ports, Juarez continued to exercise governing authority over a significant portion of the Mexican body politic. Examination of the federal governments revenue system, bureaucracy, and communications provides insights into the governments exercise of control during this period. Although the role and influence of the federal government was understandably diminished by the French occupation of most major population centers and sources of revenue, Juarez took extraordinary measures to consolidate his leadership over various parts of the republican resistance. These efforts had far reaching impact on the relationship of federal and state authority and the development and control of federal institutions of government, especially in northern Mexico. Archival research in this field promises to lend further insight into the nature of Mexican governance in this period and its relationship to the Mexican people.
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