State Governors in the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1952: Portraits in Conflict, Courage, and Corruption

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This volume examines revolutionary Mexico's state governors - the most significant intermediaries between the national government and the people it ruled. Leading scholars study governors from ten different states of Mexico during the eventful first half of the twentieth century to demonstrate the diversity of the governors' experiences over time, as well as the waxing and waning of strong governorship as an institution that disappeared in the powerful national regime created in the 1940s and 1950s. The only book that considers the state governors in comparative perspective, this invaluable study offers a fresh view of regionalism and the Revolution.
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Editorial Reviews

The Americas: A Quarterly Review Of Inter-American Cultural
With its well-conceived chronological coverage, it would be useful in undergraduate courses. Specialists in modern Mexican history should take note as well.
This is a concise, valuable anthology.... A lively and useful introduction.
The Historian
This is a concise, valuable anthology. . . . A lively and useful introduction.
The Americas: A Quarterly Review Of Inter-American Cultural
With its well-conceived chronological coverage, it would be useful in undergraduate courses. Specialists in modern Mexican history should take note as well.
Hispanic American Historical Review
Overall, the book offers sufficient new scholarship and new approaches to post-revolutionary politics to make it a welcome addition to most professional Mexicanists’ shelves. The brevity and clarity of most chapters make it useful for undergraduate classes as well.
Gilbert M. Joseph
Buchenau and Beezley have assembled the ideal mix of veteran and emerging scholars to reassess the pivotal role that state governors and local powerholders played during the Mexican revolution and the regime that consolidated it. Drawing upon national and regional archives and informed by recent advances in social history, gender analysis, and studies in state formation, these succinct essays provide a more nuanced and textured account of Mexico's transition from the caudillo and cacique politics of the 1910s and 1920s to the more centralized, corporatist state that began to emerge in the 1930s. This collection deserves a place in both the classroom and professional libraries.
The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History
With its well-conceived chronological coverage, it would be useful in undergraduate courses. Specialists in modern Mexican history should take note as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742557703
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: Latin American Silhouettes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jürgen Buchenau is professor of history and director of Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. William H. Beezley is professor of history at the University of Arizona.

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Table of Contents

1 The Role of State Governors in the Mexican Revolution William H. Beezley Beezley, William H. 1

2 Benito Juarez Maza of Oaxaca: A Revolutionary Governor? Francie R. Chassen-Lopez Chassen-Lopez, Francie R. 19

3 Salvador Alvarado of Yucatan: Revolutionary Reforms, Revolutionary Women Stephanie J. Smith Smith, Stephanie J. 43

4 Plutarco Elias Calles of Sonora: A Mexican Jacobin Jurgen Buchenau Buchenau, Jurgen 59

5 Adalberto Tejeda of Veracruz: Radicalism and Reaction Andrew Grant Wood Wood, Andrew Grant 77

6 Jose Guadalupe Zuno Hernandez and the Revolutionary Process in Jalisco Maria Teresa Fernandez Aceves Aceves, Maria Teresa Fernandez 95

7 Tomas Garrido Canabal of Tabasco: Road Building and Revolutionary Reform Kristin A. Harper Harper, Kristin A. 109

8 Marte R. Gomez of Tamaulipas: Governing Agrarian Revolution Michael A. Ervin Ervin, Michael A. 123

9 Efrain Gutierrez of Chiapas: The Revolutionary Bureaucrat Stephen E. Lewis Lewis, Stephen E. 139

10 Maximino Avila Camacho of Puebla Timothy Henderson Henderson, Timothy David LaFrance LaFrance, David 157

11 Baltasar Leyva Mancilla of Guerrero: Learning Hegemony Paul Gillingham Gillingham, Paul 177

Index 197

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