Liberals, Peasants and Jacobins: The Mexican Revolution (1910-40) in Global Perspective
30 Jan 2018, 17:30 to 30 Jan 2018, 19:15
Latin American History
IHR Peter Marshall Room, N204, Second Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Alan Knight, St. Antony’s College, Oxford
This paper starts from the premise that the Mexican Revolution (1910-40) is a major, social revolution, worthy of comparison with the other 'great' revolutions of history. It begins with a brief conceptual discussion of what can and can't be said about revolutions in general; it then focuses on the Mexican case, breaking it down into collective actors (and leaders); it then compares/contrasts the Mexican story and its actors with those which can be teased out of other revolutionary conjunctures (the French, Russian, Chinese, Turkish, Bolivian, Cuban, etc.).
Alan Knight is Emeritus Professor of the History of Latin America at Oxford University, where he is a Fellow of St Antony’s College. He previously taught at the University of Essex and the University of Texas at Austin. He has published extensively on the history of Mexico and Latin America, including The Mexican Revolution (2 vols, Cambridge, 1986), and three recent volumes dealing with Mexican revolutionary themes. He has also co-edited books on Mexican oil, caciquismo and the great depression of the 1930s. He is currently working on a history of Mexico in the 1930s.
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