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Mexico's Crucial Century, 1810-1910 : An Introduction - William H. Beezley

Mexico's Crucial Century, 1810-1910

An Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st December 2010
ISBN: 9780803228443
Number Of Pages: 296

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After Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821, it began the work of forging its identity as an independent nation, a process that would endure throughout the crucial nineteenth century. A weakened Mexico faced American territorial ambitions and economic pressure, and the U.S.-Mexican War threatened the fledgling nation’s survival. In 1876 Porfirio Díaz became president of Mexico, bringing political stability to the troubled nation. Although Díaz initiated long-delayed economic development and laid the foundation of modern Mexico, his government was an oligarchy created at the expense of most Mexicans. This accessible account guides the reader through a pivotal time in Mexican history, including such critical episodes as the reign of Santa Anna, the U.S.-Mexican War, and the Porfiriato. Colin M. MacLachlan and William H. Beezley recount how the century between Mexico’s independence and the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution had a lasting impact on the course of the nation’s history.

"MacLachlan (Tulane Univ.) and Beezley (Univ. of Arizona) provide an excellent overview of Mexico's complex, chaotic, and formative period between independence and revolution. Focusing primarily on political events, but with a fair amount of social and economic history, the authors follow the growth and contraction of the Mexican nation, providing clear, concise descriptions of the many factions and political ideas that have both united and divided it."-C.L. Sinclair, Choice -- C.L. Sinclair * Choice *

List of Illustrationsp. viii
List of Mapsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The National Traumap. 1
Spain and Its Empire in Crisisp. 7
Santa Anna's Erap. 53
Liberalism, Reform, and Napoleon IIIp. 77
The Restored Republicp. 105
Constructing the Porfiriatop. 145
The Socioeconomic Pyramidp. 169
Soft Diplomacyp. 201
Fatal Vulnerabilitiesp. 217
Conclusion: A Crucial Century Assessedp. 239
Notesp. 249
Suggested Readings in Englishp. 263
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780803228443
ISBN-10: 0803228449
Series: The Mexican Experience
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.3