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The Mexican Revolution
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In 1910 insurgent leaders crushed the Porfirian dictatorship, but in the years that followed fought among themselves, until a nationalist consensus produced the 1917 Constitution. This in turn provided the basis for a reform agenda that transformed Mexico in the modern era. The civil war and the reforms that followed receive new and insightful attention in this book.

These essays, the result of the 45th annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, presented by the University of Texas at Arlington in March 2010, commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of the revolution.

A potent mix of factors—including the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few thousand hacienda owners, rancheros, and foreign capitalists; the ideological conflict between the Diaz government and the dissident regional reformers; and the grinding poverty afflicting the majority of the nation’s eleven million industrial and rural laborers—provided the volatile fuel that produced the first major political and social revolution of the twentieth century. The conflagration soon swept across the Rio Grande; indeed, The Mexican Revolution shows clearly that the struggle in Mexico had tremendous implications for the American Southwest. During the years of revolution, hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens crossed the border into the United States. As a result, the region experienced waves of ethnically motivated violence, economic tensions, and the mass expulsions of Mexicans and US citizens of Mexican descent.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: The Mexican Revolution
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 2. “Wire Me before Shooting”: Federalism in (In)action—The Texas-Mexico Border during the Revolution, 1910–1920
  2. pp. 35-57
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  1. 3. The Rhetoric and Reality of Nationalism: Monterrey in the Revolution
  2. pp. 58-88
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  1. 4. Creating a Schizophrenic Border: Migration and Perception, 1920–1925
  2. pp. 89-116
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  1. 5. Revolutionary Mexican Nationalism and the Mexican Immigrant Community in Los Angeles during the Great Depression: Memory, Identity, and Survival
  2. pp. 117-134
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  1. 6. From the Caudillo to Tata Lázaro: The Maximato in Perspective, 1928–1934
  2. pp. 135-160
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  1. 7. Revolution without Resonance? Mexico’s “Fiesta of Bullets” and Its Aftermath in Chiapas, 1910–1940
  2. pp. 161-186
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  1. 8. Back to Centralism, 1920–1940
  2. pp. 187-211
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  1. 9. The Mexican Revolution: One Century of Reflections, 1910–2010
  2. pp. 212-240
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 241-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-251
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  1. Further Reading, Back Cover
  2. pp. 265-266
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