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  • Mexico′s Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule since the Late Nineteenth Century

    Author(s): Gilbert M. Joseph, Jürgen Buchenau
    Published: 2013
    Pages: 264
    Illustrations: 20 photographs, 1 table, 2 maps
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  • Acknowledgments  vii
    1. Introduction: Revolution and the Negotiation of Rule in Modern Mexico  1
    2. Porfirian Modernization and Its Costs  15
    3. The Revolution Comes (and Goes), 1910–1913  37
    4. The Violent Climax of the Revolution, 1913–1920  55
    5. Forging and Contesting a New Nation, 1920–1932  87
    6. Resurrecting and Incorporating the Revolution, 1932–1940  117
    7. The "Perfect Dictatorship," 1940–1968  141
    8. The Embers of Revolution, 1968–2000  167
    9. Conclusions: A Revolution with Legs  197
    Notes  217
    Bibliographical Essay  227
    Index  239
  • "When and to what degree did the epic Revolution go astray? Although the authors, two of the most eminent scholars of revolutionary Mexico, are not shy in expressing their own opinions, this dossier allows readers from undergraduates to expert initiates to judge for themselves. Gilbert M. Joseph and Jürgen Buchenau have given us a crisply written, comparatively informed survey of Mexican political history embracing nearly 150 years of both change and continuity, from Porfirian modernization to the first successful challenge to ruling party hegemony in 2000. If one were to read a single sweeping treatment of modern Mexico, this book might well be at the top of the list." — Eric Van Young, University of California, San Diego

    "This comprehensive, highly readable history of the Mexican Revolution from its nineteenth century origins to the end of its institutionalization in 2000 folds acute analysis and the cogent scholarship of several generations of scholars into a fast-clipped narrative that sacrifices neither entertaining humor nor complexity. The first narrative of one of the twentieth century's most interesting and important political experiments is delightfully accessible to students and the general public alike." — Mary Kay Vaughan, coeditor of Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico

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  • Description

    In this concise historical analysis of the Mexican Revolution, Gilbert M. Joseph and Jürgen Buchenau explore the revolution's causes, dynamics, consequences, and legacies. They do so from varied perspectives, including those of campesinos and workers; politicians, artists, intellectuals, and students; women and men; the well-heeled, the dispossessed, and the multitude in the middle. In the process, they engage major questions about the revolution. How did the revolutionary process and its aftermath modernize the nation's economy and political system and transform the lives of ordinary Mexicans? Rather than conceiving the revolution as either the culminating popular struggle of Mexico's history or the triumph of a new (not so revolutionary) state over the people, Joseph and Buchenau examine the textured process through which state and society shaped each other. The result is a lively history of Mexico's "long twentieth century," from Porfirio Díaz's modernizing dictatorship to the neoliberalism of the present day.

    About The Author(s)

    Gilbert M. Joseph is the Farnam Professor of History and International Studies at Yale University. His many books include A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America's Long Cold War (with Greg Grandin), The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics (with Timothy J. Henderson), Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico since 1940 (with Anne Rubenstein and Eric Zolov), and Revolution from Without: Yucatán, Mexico, and the United States, 1880–1924, all also published by Duke University Press.

    Jürgen Buchenau is Professor of History and Latin American Studies at UNC Charlotte. He is the author of numerous books, including The Last Caudillo: Alvaro Obregón and the Mexican Revolution, Mexican Mosaic: A Brief History of Mexico, and Plutarco Elías Calles and the Mexican Revolution.