The Birth of Modern Mexico, 1780-1824

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Christon I. Archer
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - 257 Seiten
The Birth of Modern Mexico, 1780-1824 investigates the roots of the Mexican Independence era from a variety of perspectives. The essays in this volume link the pre-1810 late Bourbon period to the War of Independence (1810-1821), analyze many crucial aspects of the decade of conflict, and illustrate the continuities with the first years of the independent Mexican nation. Christon I. Archer has assembled the most important scholars of the Independence era in Mexican history. Each essay addresses a central theme and brings new perspectives to the topics under consideration. They all contribute to a nuanced view of the period from roughly the 1790s to the 1830s: the different conceptions of legitimacy between the popular masses and the elite; the skill and importance of pro-Spanish propaganda; the process of organizing conspiracies; the survival and thriving of a mercantile family before, during, and after the creation of the republic; the causes of failing mines; the role of religious thought in the supposed secular state; an exhortation to recall the positive contributions of Iturbide; the viceroy's military strategy; and differing conceptions of authority by the legislature and the executive. The authors address the basic issues that are key to students' understanding: Who fought in the Independence movement, why, and where? Yet the cutting-edge interpretations in the essays make the book equally valuable for more advanced study. In addition, information is provided on the major personalities, including Augustin Iturbide, Felix Calleja, and Father Hidalgo, giving The Birth of Modern Mexico a fascinating human dimension. Unlike many edited volumes, the essays in this book offer a seamless approach to the period that underscores new research and innovative ideas that will reinforce the significance of the Independence era. One of the few readable, concise books on the topic of independence, this volume probes the birth of modern Mexico in a crisply written style that is sure to appeal to historians and students of Mexican history. Contributions by: Timothy E. Anna, Christon I. Archer, Virginia Guedea, Hugh M. Hamill, John E. Kicza, Jaime E. Rodriguez O., Anne Staples, Paul J. Vanderwood, and Eric Van Young.
 

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In the Gloomy Caverns of Paganism Popular Culture Insurgency and NationBuilding in Mexico 18001821
41
An Absurd Insurrection? Creole Insecurity ProSpanish Propaganda and the Hidalgo Revolt
67
The Conspiracies of 1811 How the Criollos Learned to Organize in Secret
85
A Mercantile Family Confronts War and Insurrection The Iturbe e Iraetas in the Era of Mexican Independence
107
Years of Decision Félix Calleja and the Strategy to End the Revolution of New Spain
125
Mexican Mining and Independence The Saga of Enticing Opportunities
151
The Millennium and Mexican Independence Some Interpretations
165
Agustin de Iturbide and the Process of Consensus
187
The Struggle for Dominance The Legislature versus the Executive in Early Mexico
205
Bibliography
229
About the Contributors
245
Index
247
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Christon I. Archer is professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary.

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