Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xvi

...al debts that I have incurred along the way seems as challenging ing my fi rst forays into graduate work. Also, while I was an un-ternational History Review offered me a job as assistant to the editor, a job I was lucky enough to keep for fi ve years and that piqued my interest in the study of history. I am thankful for their ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

The nineteenth century, when it takes its place with the other cen-turies in the chronological charts of the future, will, if it needs a symbol, almost inevitably have as that symbol a steam engine run-h. g. wells, Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scien-poetry, literature, and social commentaries that revealed a fas-...

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1. The Discourse of Development

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pp. 23-54

Let us become the doctor of this extremely sick patient, of Mexico . . . there is in this great organism a state of alarming prostration; its advanced stage does not correspond with the capabilities at its disposal; its constitution is that of an athlete that cannot lift even the tiniest object; . . . in this inferior organism the diagnosis is ane-...

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2. De Viaje: Elite Views of Modernity and the Railroad Boom

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pp. 55-102

All of a sudden, the curtain is lowered abruptly on the sun, on beauty, on the thousand scenes of life and nature which our mind and heart have savoured along the way. It is night and death and the cemetery; it is despotism ? it is the tunnel! Nothing but beings that dwell in the shadows, never knowing the bright wing of free-...

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3. Festivals of Progress

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pp. 103-142

Gr?fi co covered President D?az?s participation in the inaugural blood into the nation, incubating national strength through the cere, unbridled enthusiasm for the ?festivals of progress? that proved the country?s civilization and bright future. This sort of tural development to take place during the Porfi riato.1 As such, ...

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4. The Price of Progress

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pp. 143-198

The often devastating consequences of railway accidents altered ers galled the general public. Newspapers that targeted middle- progress so often expressed by the ruling elite. Since illitera-of corridos, as well as illustrations printed in the penny press acter.2 Yet critical publications identifi ed as middle class used ...

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5. La Loco-Matona

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pp. 199-250

While the railroad served as a symbol that government offi cials groups also used it to question, if not challenge, the regime?s ment, and national integration, nevertheless incited a great deal way as a symbol of establishing order and progress proved to be chapter argues that the disillusionment about the effi cacy of the ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 251-258

In order to bring this work [economic progress] to crest, the two al progress which has brought to the world steam with its applica-tion to transportation and to industry. We have seen the very skill-ful methods [D?az] has used to keep the peace, one of the principal ones being the construction of the great railroads, but these have ...

Notes

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pp. 259-294

Bibliography

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pp. 295-310

Index

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pp. 311-322