Mexico's Revolution Then and Now

Mexico's Revolution Then and Now

Mexico's Revolution Then and Now

Mexico's Revolution Then and Now

Synopsis

Written to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the first predominantly anti-capitalist revolution in the world, Mexico's Revolution Then and Now is the perfect introductory text and one that will also sharpen the understanding of seasoned observers. Cockcroft provides readers with the historical context within which the revolution occurred; explains how the revolutionary process has played out over the past ten decades; tells us how the ideals of the revolution live on in the minds of Mexico's peasants and workers; and critically examines the contours of modern Mexican society, including its ethnic and gender dimensions. Well-deserved attention is paid to the tensions between the rulers and the ruled inside the country and the connected tensions between the Mexican nation and the neighboring giant to the north.

Mexico's Revolution Then and Now also explores the possibility of Mexico's revolutionary history finally bearing the fruit long hoped for by the country's disenfranchised- a prospect kept alive by the unyieldingstruggle of the last one hundred years. This is the definitive introduction to one of the most important events of the twentieth century.

Excerpt

Almost half a century ago, during a sudden downpour in Mexicali, Baja California, I took refuge in a worker’s home. Over coffee we talked about the economic difficulties caused by the high saline content of the Colorado River water flowing into the Mexicali Valley. I plunged into this struggle to correct the problem and was the first author to expose it in respected U.S. publications.

After finishing our coffees, my new friend showed me the contents of an old trunk his grandfather had left him many years ago. In the trunk were articles, letters, and other documents of the “Magonistas,” the Flores Magón brothers and their allies in the Mexican Liberal Party (PLM). Dating from the early 1900s, these papers fascinated me. Thus was born my interest in the PLM, the Magonistas, and the “Intellectual Precursors of the Mexican Revolution”—the title of my first book in 1968 (reissued in 2010 by the University of New Mexico Press). Its Spanish translation, originally published by Siglo Veintiuno Editores in 1971, is currently in its twenty-fifth edition.

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