Mexico in the 1940s: modernity, politics, and corruption by Stephen R. Niblo

By Stephen R. Niblo

Recognition to Mexico's background after 1940 stands within the shadow of the country's epic revolution of 1910-1923, and historians and students are inclined to convey their specialise in Mexican background to a detailed with the top of the LOzaro COrdenas presidency in 1940. Mexico within the Nineteen Forties: Modernity, Politics, and Corruption examines Mexican politics within the wake of Cardenismo, and the sunrise of Miguel AlemOn's presidency. This new booklet specializes in the last decade of the Nineteen Forties, and analyzes Alemanismo into the early years of the Fifties. established upon a decade of in depth research, Mexico within the Nineteen Forties is the 1st large and huge examine of the political lifetime of the Mexican state in this interval, therefore beginning a brand new period to old research. Mexico within the Forties deals a distinct interpretation of the country's household politics in this interval, together with an evidence of the way political leaders have been capable of opposite the process the Mexican Revolution; an unique interpretation of corruption in Mexican political existence, a phenomenon that didn't lead to the Forties; and an research of the connection among the U.S. media pursuits, the Mexican country, and the Mexican media businesses that also dominates mass conversation at the present time. Mexico within the Forties is a superb quantity for classes in Mexican background.

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Finally, the reader should be aware that Mexico in the 1940s: Modernity, Politics, and Corruption is intended to complement my earlier study of the relations between Mexico and the United States in the same period. 19 That volume examined the international relationship between the two countries at the level of diplomatic, military, economic, and business relations. This volume, by contrast, is fundamentally an analysis of the domestic history of Mexico after the presidency of Cárdenas. Notes 1.

See Miguel Alemán Valdes, Miguel Alemán contesta (Austin: Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, 1975). 16. Among the memoirs that fail to discuss concretely the internal political life of the governing party are Eduardo Villaseñor, Memoriastestimonio, and Francisco Javier Gaxiola, Memorias. The memoir that comes closest to discussing political issues with candor is Luis Alamillo Flores, Memorias: Luchas ignorados al lado de los grandes jefes de la revolución mexicana. It is less helpful for the post-Cárdenas period.

Examples of analytical history that combine solid research with a sense of historical perspective are rare for the final three-fifths of the twentieth century. For some, an aversion to developments after 1940 and sympathy for earlier versions of the Mexican Revolution may contribute to this barren historical landscape. Historians have been quick to cede the post-1940 terrain to economists, students of politics, and sociologists. Yet to understand Mexico today it is essential to examine the way the country's recent past evolved.

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