The Life and Times of Pancho Villa / Edition 1

The Life and Times of Pancho Villa / Edition 1

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by Friedrich Katz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804730466

ISBN-13: 9780804730464

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Alongside Moctezuma and Benito Juárez, Pancho Villa is probably the best-known figure in Mexican history. Villa legends pervade not only Mexico but the United States and beyond, existing not only in the popular mind and tradition but in ballads and movies. There are legends of Villa the Robin Hood, Villa the womanizer, and Villa as the only foreigner who has

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Alongside Moctezuma and Benito Juárez, Pancho Villa is probably the best-known figure in Mexican history. Villa legends pervade not only Mexico but the United States and beyond, existing not only in the popular mind and tradition but in ballads and movies. There are legends of Villa the Robin Hood, Villa the womanizer, and Villa as the only foreigner who has attacked the mainland of the United States since the War of 1812 and gotten away with it.

Whether exaggerated or true to life, these legends have resulted in Pancho Villa the leader obscuring his revolutionary movement, and the myth in turn obscuring the leader. Based on decades of research in the archives of seven countries, this definitive study of Villa aims to separate myth from history. So much attention has focused on Villa himself that the characteristics of his movement, which is unique in Latin American history and in some ways unique among twentieth-century revolutions, have been forgotten or neglected. Villa’s División del Norte was probably the largest revolutionary army that Latin America ever produced. Moreover, this was one of the few revolutionary movements with which a U.S. administration attempted, not only to come to terms, but even to forge an alliance. In contrast to Lenin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, and Fidel Castro, Villa came from the lower classes of society, had little education, and organized no political party.

The first part of the book deals with Villa’s early life as an outlaw and his emergence as a secondary leader of the Mexican Revolution, and also discusses the special conditions that transformed the state of Chihuahua into a leading center of revolution. In the second part, beginning in 1913, Villa emerges as a national leader. The author analyzes the nature of his revolutionary movement and the impact of Villismo as an ideology and as a social movement. The third part of the book deals with the years 1915 to 1920: Villa’s guerrilla warfare, his attack on Columbus, New Mexico, and his subsequent decline. The last part describes Villa’s surrender, his brief life as a hacendado, his assassination and its aftermath, and the evolution of the Villa legend. The book concludes with an assessment of Villa’s personality and the character and impact of his movement.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804730464
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
1004
Sales rank:
349,505
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Prologue1
Part One = From Outlaw to Revolutionary
1 From the Frontier to the Border11
2 The Revolution That Neither Its Supreme Leader Nor Its
Opponents Expected The Chihuahuan Revolution, 1910-1911,57
3 Disillusion and Counterrevolution Chihuahua, 1912-1913126
4 An Unrequited Love Villa and Madero, 1912-1913147
PART TWO = From Revolutionary to National Leader
5 From Exile to Governor of Chihuahua The Rise of Villa
in 1913193
6 Four Weeks That Shook Chihuahua Villa's Brief but
Far-Reaching Governorship229
7 The Villista Leaders253
8 The División del Norte287
9 Villa's Emergence as a National Leader His Relations
with the United States and His Conflict with Carranza309
10 The Elusive Search for Peace354
11 Villismo in Practice Chihuahua Under Villa, 1913-1915397
12 The New Civil War in Mexico Villismo on the Offensive433
13 Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory487
PART THREE = From National Leader to Guerrilla Leader
14 Villa's Two-Front War with Carranza and the United
States545
15 The Resurgence of Villa in1916-1917583
16 Villa's Darkest Years The Savage and Bloody Guerrilla
Struggle in Chihuahua, 1917-1920615
17 Villa and the Outside World655
18 The Attempt to Create Villismo with a Gentler Face The
Return of Felipe Angeles680
PART FOUR = Reconciliation, Peace, and Death
19 From Guerrilla Leader to Hacendado719
20 The End and the Survival of Villa761
Conclusion795
Appendix: On the Archival Trail of Pancho Villa821
Abbreviations837
Notes839
Archival Sources911
Bibliography919
Index955

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The Life and Times of Pancho Villa 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Accountant More than 1 year ago
My family comes from a town west from where Pancho Villa was born and where his feats and life are legendary. This books reveals the real Pancho Villa and separates the leyend from the man. Katz decribes the roots of Villismo and describes how Villa and his followers became a significant force during the Mexican Revolution. Recomended for readers highly interested in the Mexican Revolution and Pancho Villa. Viva Villa!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best book I have read about Pancho Villa. Pancho Villa used to stay in a cave by the town my grandmother lives...I have always been interested in his life...This is a must have for all who want to know more about Pancho Villa.
Vanlh More than 1 year ago
I took a course at Harvard CE last year on Mexican History and the professor felt Katz was one of the best historians of Mexican history, ever, and felt this was his best book. I concur.