Malcontents, Rebels, and Pronunciados: The Politics of Insurrection in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

Malcontents, Rebels, and Pronunciados: The Politics of Insurrection in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

Malcontents, Rebels, and Pronunciados: The Politics of Insurrection in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

Malcontents, Rebels, and Pronunciados: The Politics of Insurrection in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

Synopsis

Behind every pronunciamiento, a formal list of grievances designed to spark political change in nineteenth-century Mexico, was a disgruntled individual, rebel, or pronunciado. Initially a role undertaken by soldiers, a pronunciado rallied military communities to petition for local, regional, and even national interests. As the popularity of these petitions grew, however, they evolved from a military-led practice to one endorsed and engaged by civilians, priests, indigenous communities, and politicians.The second in a series of books exploring the phenomenon of the pronunciamiento, this volume examines case studies of individual and collective pronunciados in regions across Mexico. Top scholars examine the motivations of individual pronunciados and the reasons they succeeded or failed; why garrisons, town councils, and communities adopted the pronunciamiento as a political tool and form of representation and used it to address local and national grievances; and whether institutions upheld corporate aims in endorsing, supporting, or launching pronunciamientos. The essays provide a better understanding of the rebel leaders behind these public acts of defiance and reveal how an insurrectionary repertoire became part of a national political culture.

Excerpt

This book is about why people rebel, why they choose to break the law and take up arms for political reasons. It is concerned with individual and collective insurrectionary action, with the reasons that may explain why individuals and groups disobey the authorities, resorting to intimidation and acts of violence to improve their lot in life and to bring about change. Consequently, it is a volume that is preoccupied with contexts in which the possibilities of satisfying the needs of a section of society through established institutional channels and recognized constitutional means have been exhausted. Its twelve contributors are, therefore, interested in understanding how private and public grievances combine to create collective acts of rebellion; how local needs, regional interests, and national concerns become intermingled in meaningful extra-constitutional movements; and how an insurrectionary repertoire can become part of a national political culture.

More specifically, this book is focused on why Mexicans in the nineteenth century adopted, developed, and employed one very particular form of insurrection to further their personal and communal goals: the pronunciamiento. As explored in the first of four planned volumes on the pronunciamiento of independent Mexico—Forceful Negotiations: the Origins of the Pronunciamiento in Nineteenth-Century Mexico (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press . . .

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