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The fall of Porfirio Diaz has traditionally been presented as a watershed between old and new: an old style repressive and conservative government, and the more democratic and representative system that flowered in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. Now this view is being challenged by a new generation of historians, who point out that Diaz originally rose to power in alliance with anti-conservative forces and was a modernising force as well as a dictator. Drawing together the threads of this revisionist reading of the Porfiriato, Garner reassesses a political career that spanned more than forty years, and examines the claims that post-revolutionary Mexico was not the break with the past that the revolutionary inheritors claimed.
Table of Contents
1. Porfirio Diaz and Mexican Historiography: Porfirismo, Anti-Porfirismo Neo-Porfirismo.
2. The Foundations of Porfirian Mexico: Liberalism, Authoritarianism and the Patriotic Struggle, 1855-67.
3. The Long Road to the Presidency, 1867-76.
4. Pragmatic Liberalism, 1876-84.
5. The Consolidation of Power: Patriarchal Liberalism, 1884-1911.
6. Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Relations, 1876-1911.
7. Paying for Order and progress: Economic Development, 1876-1911.
8. The Price of Order and Progress: The Decline and Fall of the Diaz Regime, 1900-11.