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Alan Tully, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2008

HIS 386K • Economic History of Mexico, 1800-1940

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40490 W
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
SRH 1.320

Course Description

This course surveys the economic evolution of Mexico in the "long century" that goes from Independence to the consolidation of the modern State after the Mexican Revolution, that is to say, the period in which the long transition from a traditional economy and society to modern economic growth took place. Its purpose is to analyze the more relevant features of the Mexican economy in the nineteenth century and the problems faced by a backward country in its transit to modernization, dealing particularly with the factors that hindered or favored that transit throughout the period.

Grading Policy

Students will write a research proposal after eight seminar meetings, which will be discussed and approved for further development into a final 12-15 pages paper, which will be presented in class and submitted during finals week. Additionally, all participants will contribute to the seminar with the presentation of readings, bibliographical surveys, and other similar activities. The final grade will be determined by the quality of the research proposal and the final paper, as well as the student's contributions to seminar discussions and activities.


Beatty, Edward, Institutions and Investment: The Political Basis of Industrialization in Mexico before 1911, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2001. Bortz, Jeffrey L. y Stephen Haber (editors), The Mexican Economy, 1870-1930. Essays on the Economic History of Institutions, Revolution, and Growth, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2002. Haber, Stephen (editor), How Latin America Fell Behind, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1997. Haber, Stephen, Armando Razo and Noel Maurer, The Politics of Property Rights. Political Instability, Credible Commitments, and Economic Growth in Mexico, 1876-1929, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003. Hamilton, Nora, The Limits of State Autonomy. Post-Revolutionary Mexico, Princeton UP, Princeton, 1982. Klein, Herbert S., The American Finances of the Spanish Empire. Royal Income and Expenditures in Colonial Mexico, Perú and Bolivia, 1680-1809, U. of New Mexico Press, 1998. Potash, Robert A., Mexican Government and Industrial Development in the Early Republic. The Banco de Avío, The University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1983. Tenenbaum, Barbara, The Politics of Penury. Debts and Taxes in Mexico, 1821-1856, Albuquerque, 1986. Walker, David, Kinship, Business and Politics. The Martínez del Río Family in Mexico, 1824-1867, Austin, University of Texas Press, 1986.


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