The Mexican Venture: From Political to Industrial Revolution in Mexico

The Mexican Venture: From Political to Industrial Revolution in Mexico

The Mexican Venture: From Political to Industrial Revolution in Mexico

The Mexican Venture: From Political to Industrial Revolution in Mexico

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Few, if any, of the world's peoples have suffered so long, so intensely, so incessantly as the Mexicans in their rise to nationhood. For seven centuries of recorded history, the vicious cycle of slavery, rebellion, hope, betrayal, despair, and slavery has plagued the Indian masses whose mestizo descendants of the twentieth century are, as Mexican anthropologist Manuel Gamio so aptly put it, forging a fatherland.

Mexico today cannot be understood, nor the Mexico of tomorrow even dimly perceived, without a grasp of the dark panorama of Mexico's yesterdays. Every phase of national life, every national aspiration, has roots of origin which may be traced backward through history's turmoil to the silence of antiquity. It is an everlasting tribute to the fiber of the Mexican people that, burdened with centuries of oppression, they have done so much with their scant thirty years of freedom to design their own destiny. And only through retrospect can the outsider realize why there is so much yet to be done.

Four Periods of History

Mexico's history can be divided into four broad periods. First is the primitive, pre-Spanish period of tribal life, culminating . . .

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