People and Power in Modern Mexico
This seminar introduces the history of revolution and authoritarianism in Mexico from c.1880 – c.2000. It applies multidisciplinary approaches to primary sources ranging from cartoons to declassified intelligence to consider the relationships between people and power, investigating the three central questions of modern Mexican history: Why was there a major social revolution? How did that popular revolution mutate into a successful authoritarian state? And how did Mexicans with profound experience of mass mobilization coexist with that authoritarianism, and with the skewed economy it oversaw? In debating these questions the course aims not just to trace the course of modern Mexican social, cultural and political history, but also to think about a more general problem: Why people rebel, and why they do not rebel.