The Mexican Revolution

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Mexican Revolution.In 1908 the President of Mexico, Porfirio Diaz, gave an interview to an American journalist. He was 77 and had ruled the country in autocratic fashion for over thirty years. He discussed the country’s economic development and spoke of his intention to retire to his country estate after overseeing a transition to multiparty democracy.Things did not turn out quite like that. Two years later Diaz was toppled by a popular uprising. It was the beginning of a tumultuous decade in which different factions fought for supremacy, and power changed hands many times. The conflict completely changed the face of the country, and resulted in the emergence of Mexico’s most celebrated folk hero: Emiliano Zapata.

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  • Alan Knight 4 episodes
    Professor of the History of Latin America at the University of Oxford
  • Paul Garner No other episodes
    Cowdray Professor of Spanish at the University of Leeds
  • Patience Schell 2 episodes
    Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester

Reading list

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    B. Hamnett (CUP, Cambridge, 1999) Google Books →
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    L. Meyer & H. Aguilar (Austin, Texas, 1993)
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    S. Brunk (University of New Mexico Press, 1995) Google Books →
  • The Posthumous Career of Emiliano Zapata: Myth, Memory, and Mexico's Twentieth Century
    S. Brunk (University of Texas Press, 2008) Google Books →
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    P. Garner (Longman, Harlow, 2001) Google Books →
  • Revolutionary Mexico: The Coming and Process of the Mexican Revolution
    J. Hart (Stanford, 1987) Google Books →
  • The Mexican Revolution
    A. Knight (CUP, Cambridge, 2 vols., 1986) Google Books →
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    T. Benjamin (Austin, Texas, 2000) Google Books →
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    F. Katz (Stanford, 1998) Google Books →
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    J. Womak (Thames and Hudson, London, 1968)
  • We Come to Object: The Peasants of Morelos and the NationalState
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    Stephanie Mitchell & Patience A. Schell (eds.) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) Google Books →
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    Jocelyn Olcott, Mary Kay Vaughan and Gabriela Cano (eds.) (Duke University Press, 2006) Google Books →
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    Matthew Butler (OUP, 2004) Google Books →
  • Encyclopaedia of Mexico: History, Society, Culture
    M. Werner (ed.) (Fitzroy Dearborn, Chicago, 2 vols., 1997)

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello. In 1908, an American journalist, James Creelman, visited Mexico to interview the country's president, whom he described as the foremost man of the American hemisphere.