The Mexican Wars for Independence: A History

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 14 abr. 2009 - 280 páginas
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Mexico's wars for independence were not fought to achieve political independence. Unlike their neighbors to the north, Mexico's revolutionaries aimed to overhaul their society. Intending profound social reform, the rebellion's leaders declared from the onset that their struggle would be incomplete, even meaningless, if it were merely a political event.

Easily navigating through nineteenth-century Mexico's complex and volatile political environment, Timothy J. Henderson offers a well-rounded treatment of the entire period, but pays particular attention to the early phases of the revolt under the priests Miguel Hidalgo and José María Morelos. Hidalgo promised an immediate end to slavery and tailored his appeals to the poor, but also sanctioned pillage and shocking acts of violence. This savagery would ultimately cost Hidalgo, Morelos, and the entire country dearly, leading to the revolution's failure in pursuit of both meaningful social and political reform. While Mexico eventually gained independence from Spain, severe social injustices remained and would fester for another century. Henderson deftly traces the major leaders and conflicts, forcing us to reconsider what "independence" meant and means for Mexico today.

 

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THE MEXICAN WARS FOR INDEPENDENCE

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Henderson (History/Auburn Univ., Montgomery; A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States, 2007, etc.) argues that Mexico's struggle for liberation from Spain that raged from 1810 to ... Leer reseña completa

The Mexican Wars for Independence

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Henderson (history, Auburn Univ., Montgomery; A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States) offers a good synthesis for the general reader of what is known about Mexico's wars for ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

1 The Colony
3
2 Shocks to the System
16
3 Crisis
31
4 The Querétaro Conspiracy
53
5 The Hidalgo Rebellion
74
6 War the Cortes and the Constitution
108
Illustrations
124
7 The Unraveling Revolution
136
8 Independence
160
9 The Tragic Empire
181
Epilogue
211
Notes
223
Suggestions for Further Reading
229
Acknowledgments
235
Index
237
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Timothy J. Henderson is a professor of history at Auburn University, Montgomery, and the author of several books on Mexican history, including A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States (H&W, 2007).

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