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

Spring 2010


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Course Description

This graduate-level seminar focuses on the history of modern Mexico, from roughly the mid-century Reforma to the Mexican Revolution of 1910-40. We will look particularly closely at the ways in which recent historians have approached and conceptualised the linkages between popular groups and the emerging Mexican state, for instance through their analyses of local religion, peasant politics, ethnicity, and popular liberalism. Pursuing these themes into the twentieth century, we will end by considering the construction of authority in post-revolutionary (1920s-1930s) Mexico. In the first half of the semester, we will convene as a readings seminar: students will write short weekly responses to the set readings as a basis for class discussion and one historiographical paper (typically on the Mexican historiography). In the second half of the semester, we will reconvene more as a research seminar: a longer research paper on an aspect of modern Mexico is expected at the end of the semester.

Graduate standing Reading knowledge of Spanish

Grading Policy

Weekly response/question papers (20%) Historiographical essay (30%) Class participation/presentations (10%) Research paper (40%)


Guardino, Peter. The time of liberty: popular political culture in Oaxaca (2005) Rugeley, Terry. Of wonders and wise men: religion and popular cultures in southeast Mexico (2001) ___. Rebellion Now and Forever: Mayas, Hispanics, and Caste War Violence in Yucatán, 1800-1880 (2009) Kouri, Emilio. A pueblo divided: business, property, and community in Papantla, Mexico (2004) Vanderwood, Paul. The power of god against the guns of government (1998) Vaughan, Mary Kay. Cultural Politics in Revolution: Teachers, Peasants, and Schools in Mexico, 1930-1940 (1997) Joseph and Nugent, Everyday forms of state formation: revolution and the negotiation of rule in modern Mexico (1994) Becker, Marjorie. Setting the virgin on fire: Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán peasants, and the redemption of the Mexican revolution (1995) Edward Wright-Rios, Revolutions in Mexican Catholicism: Reform and Revelation in Oaxaca, 1887-1934 (2009)


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