Rebellion In Chiapas / Edition 1

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Carlos Fuentes writes, “John Womack has an uncanny feeling for the infinitely complex strains of Mexico.” Here, Woack examines the conflict in Chiapas in light of 500 years of struggle and uneasy accomodation between the region’s Maya population and the Spanish conquerors and ladino landowners. Rebellion in Chiapas opens with a major new essay examining the Zapatista revolt and chronicling the attempts at a negotiated peace. It goes on to reveal the roots of the rebellion through a range of primary source materials and other key documents from the time of the conquest through the present.

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Few events in the past ten years have focused the interest of the world on Mexico like the unrest in the southern state of Chiapas. The revolutionary activities of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation have drawn attention to a 500-year struggle between the majority Mayan population and the Spanish and Mexican rulers of the region. Womack, a professor of Latin American history at Harvard and a prominent historian of 20th-century Mexico, has brought together a collection of readings and documents that illuminate this difficult and important struggle. Though some of the sources date from the 16th century, this collection concerns primarily the most recent conflict. Of great value is a 74-page introductory essay by Womack that traces the history of the conflict. This volume will be a welcome addition to most college and research libraries as well as many large public libraries.--Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, UT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Womack (history, Harvard U.) has selected and translated 32 readings on the Zapatista rebellion in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas. The readings are taken from a wide spectrum of literature such as the Mexican press, historical articles, Zapatista declarations, memoirs, and a Latin American bishops conference paper. They shed light on why some of Chiapas' Indian poor revolted in 1994 and why others, equally intent on justice, did not. No Index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565844520
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

John Womack, Jr. is a historian of Latin America. In 2009 he retired from his position as the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics at Harvard University. He is the author of Rebellion in Chiapas: An Historical Reader (The New Press).
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Table of Contents

Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas
Cities, Towns, and the Villages of Chiapas's Central Highlands
Pt. I Chiapas, the Bishop of San Cristobal, and the Zapatista Revolt 1
Pt. II Readings 61
1 Las Casas and the Encomenderos of San Cristobal: Chiapas, 1545 63
2 Presumptuous and Arrogant Gentlemen, Poisonous Gentlewomen: San Cristobal, 1626 71
3 Rebellion in the Highlands: The Revolt of Cancuc, 1712 77
4 A Ladino Massacre of Highland Indians: The Caste War of 1869 87
5 The Mexican Revolution in Tzotzil: "When We Stopped Being Crushed," 1914-1940 97
6 Migrant Labor in the Lumber Camps: The Jungle, Mud, Oxen, and Doomsday, c. 1925 105
7 Migrant Labor on the Coffee Plantations: Debt, Lies, Drink, Hard Work, and the Union, 1920s-1930s 111
8 The Church's New Mission in a De-Christianized Continent: Bishop Ruiz in Medellin, 1968 119
9 Exodus in Chiapas: The Tzeltal Catechism of Liberation, Ocosingo, 1972 128
10 Las Casas Recalled, Indians Informed, Organized, United, and Defiant: The Congress of San Cristobal, 1974 148
11 Tzotzil and Chol Struggles in the North: Land, Labor, and the CIOAC, the Farm Workers and Peasants Independent Central, 1977, 1978, 1984 162
12 The Proletarian Line: From Torreon to the Canyons, 1976-77 173
13 Agrarian Struggles in the Central Valley: Peasant Mobilization and the OCEZ, 1980-82 182
14 Revolutionaries from Monterrey to Chiapas: The FLN, 1980 190
15 The Diocese's Most Radical Declaration: The Plan, San Cristobal, 1986 198
16 Salinas's Form of Social Organization: Solidarity, 1988-94 209
17 In Patihuitz Canyon, in the Breach, in Revolt: La Sultana, 1960-94 219
18 Governor Gonzalez's Penal Code: Tuxtla Gutierrez, 1990 227
19 A Silent Cry of Sorrowful Warning: Bishop Ruiz's Pastoral Letter, cc. Pope John Paul II, August 6, 1993 234
20 ENOUGH!: The Zapatista Declaration of War, January 1, 1994 245
21 Revolutionary Legislation: The EZLN's New Laws, January 1994 250
22 Thanks to the Zapatistas: Chamula and Its Exiles, January-February, 1994 257
23 The Zapatistas Are Indians, the Government Is Responsive: San Cristobal, Mexico City, February 21-March 2, 1994 267
24 The Sovereignty of Civil Society: The Second Declaration, June 10, 1994 278
25 The Movement for National Liberation: The Third Declaration, January 1, 1995 287
26 Civil Society and the Zapatista Front: The Fourth Declaration from the Jungle, January 1, 1996 295
27 The First Accords: Indian Rights and Culture, San Andres, February 1996 304
28 Marcos's Reflections: Just Another Organization or Something Truly New? La Realidad, August 1996 316
29 Organizing the Zapatista Front: Principles, Proposals, and Virtual Force, August 1997 327
30 The Civil War in the Highlands: Acteal, December 22, 1997 340
31 Marcos and the Ark on the Mountain: San Cristobal, July 15-16, 1998 355
32 Recognize Indian Rights and Stop the War: The Fifth Declaration, July 19, 1998 363
Permissions 371
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