Disorder and Progress: Bandits, Police, and Mexican Development

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1992 - History - 266 pages
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This reissue of Prof. Vanderwood's groundbreaking study-available again for the first time in a decade-examines bandits, police, and Mexican politics as a whole, showing how different groups used the agents of order and disorder to serve their interests. Originally published in 1981, Disorder and Progress was subsequently revised and updated in 1992. Added to the enlarged 1992 edition and included here in this reissue are the entirely new introduction, material on the period of the independence wars and on Pancho Villa, and an updated bibliography. This book also incorporates additional data and interpretations regarding bandits and instruments for maintaining order that were included in the 1992 edition. Maps and illustrations will help readers appreciate the issues under discussion.
  

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Contents

Ambitious Bandits Disorder Equals Progress
3
The Aura of the King
15
The Spoils of Independence
23
Bent on Being Modern
35
Bandits into Policeand Vice Versa
53
Order Disorder and Development
63
The Limits to Dictatorship
75
A Kind of Peace
85
The Presidents Police
119
Its the Image That Counts
131
The Rollercoaster Called Capitalism
139
Unraveling the Old Regime
151
Disorder in Search of Order
159
Notes
183
Bibliography
225
Index
259

Constabulary of Campesinos and Artisans
101

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Paul Vanderwood is professor of Mexican history at San Diego State University.

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