Mexico's Crucial Century, 1810-1910: An Introduction

Mexico's Crucial Century, 1810-1910: An Introduction

by Colin M. MacLachlan, William H. Beezley
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803228443
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
The Mexican Experience Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,294,467
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

List of Maps viii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The National Trauma 1

1 Spain and Its Empire in Crisis 7

2 Santa Anna's Era 53

3 Liberalism, Reform, and Napoleon III 77

4 The Restored Republic 105

5 Constructing the Porfiriato 145

6 The Socioeconomic Pyramid 169

7 Soft Diplomacy 201

8 Fatal Vulnerabilities 217

Conclusion: A Crucial Century Assessed 239

Notes 249

Suggested Readings in English 263

Index 271

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