Rebellion Now and Forever: Mayas, Hispanics, and Caste War Violence in Yucatan, 1800–1880

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Stanford University Press, Jun 19, 2009 - History - 488 pages
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This book explores the origins, process, and consequences of forty years of nearly continual political violence in southeastern Mexico. Rather than recounting the well-worn narrative of the Caste War, it focuses instead on how four decades of violence helped shape social and political institutions of the Mexican southeast. Rebellion Now and Forever looks at Yucatán's famous Caste War from the perspective of the vast majority of Hispanics and Maya peasants who did not join in the great ethnic rebellion of 1847. It shows how the history of nonrebel territory was as dramatic and as violent as the front lines of the Caste War, and of greater significance for the larger evolution of Mexican society. The work explores political violence not merely as a method and process, but also as a molder of subsequent institutions and practices.
 

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Contents

Men Newly Powerful How Pueblo Politics Became a Caste War
10
The Extremes of Death or Triumph A Society Goes to War 18471851
58
Nothing More Than a New Conquest A World Catches Its Breath
106
The Roar of a Terrible Tempest Liberal Reform and the Civil Wars 18551863
152
The Empire Comes to Mayab
203
A World Mostly Restored The Paradoxes of the Republic
253
Peace PorfirianStyle East Meets West and a People Contort the Past
297
Violence and the Ghost of Santiago Iman
343
Notes
357
Bibliography
447
Index
459
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Terry Rugeley is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Maya Wars: Ethnographic Accounts from Nineteenth-Century Yucatan (2001).

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