Notable People in the History of Mexico

Lucas Alamán ( 1792-1853) As a historian, Lucas Alamán provided a conservative critique of some of the early pivotal moments in Mexico's history. His more popular works History of Mexico and History of the Mexican Republic, provided him with a vehicle to make known his conservative viewpoint. He favored independence for Mexico but rejected the liberal goals of a republican government. Instead he wanted a monarchical style government, preferably with a Bourbon monarch. Recognizing that his views were in the minority, he served in different republican governments as minister of the Interior and minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also conservative in the economic arena. He called for a central banking system to assist industrial development in Mexico, while at the same time allowing the government to renegotiate the country's foreign debt. Alamán was one of the lone voices warning about the threat presented by the United States; his fears were validated in the U.S.-Mexican War ( 1846- 1848), which he accurately depicted as U.S. aggression. Mexico's loss to the United States and other failures convinced him that liberal leadership was the problem. Thus he supported Antonio López de Santa Anna's return in 1853 as a military dictator. He died that same year before he could see the error of his judgment regarding Santa Anna.

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The History of Mexico
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  • Advisory Board ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Foreword vii
  • Preface xi
  • Timeline of Historical Events xiii
  • 1 - Mexico Today 1
  • 2 - Mexico's Early Inhabitants 13
  • Notes 30
  • 3 - The Conquest 31
  • Notes 46
  • 4 - The Colonial Era, 1521-1821 47
  • Notes 72
  • 5 - The Wars of Mexican Independence, 1808-1821 75
  • Notes 88
  • 6 - The Aftermath of Independence, 1821-1876 89
  • Notes 110
  • 7 - The Porfiriato, 1876-1911 113
  • Notes 128
  • 8 - The Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920 131
  • Notes 153
  • 9 - Consolidation of the Revolution 155
  • Notes 172
  • 10 - The Revolution Moves to the Right, 1940-1970 175
  • Notes 191
  • 11 - The Search for Stability, 1970-1999 193
  • Notes 213
  • Notable People in the History of Mexico 215
  • Bibliographic Essay 227
  • Index 235
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