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Mexico City’s colorful panaderías (bakeries) have long been vital neighborhood institutions. They were also crucial sites where labor, subsistence, and politics collided. From the 1880s well into the twentieth century, Basque immigrants dominated the bread trade, to the detriment of small Mexican bakers. By taking us inside the panadería, into the heart of bread strikes, and through government halls, Robert Weis reveals why authorities and organized workers supported the so-called Spanish monopoly in ways that countered the promises of law and ideology. He tells the gritty story of how class struggle and the politics of food shaped the state and the market. More than a book about bread, Bakers and Basques places food and labor at the center of the upheavals in Mexican history from independence to the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1: “Zelo y desvelo”: The Bread Monopoly and Late Colonial Market Reforms
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. 2: “A system that offends the hands of brothers”: Small Bakers and the Free Market in Independent Mexico
  2. pp. 24-43
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  1. 3: “An uncle in America”: Chain Migration and the Spanish Monopoly
  2. pp. 44-61
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  1. 4: “Dough Kneaded with Blood”
  2. pp. 62-82
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  1. 5: “We have no bread”: Hunger, Opportunity, and War
  2. pp. 83-99
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  1. 6: The Bakers’ Revolution
  2. pp. 100-123
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  1. 7: Unionists, Tlalchicholes, and Canasteros
  2. pp. 124-146
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 153-184
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 185-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-217
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826351470
Related ISBN
9780826351463
MARC Record
OCLC
810531435
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2012-09-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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