Porfirio Díaz

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Longman, 2001 - History - 269 pages
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Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico (1876-1880 and 1884-1911) dominated his country during a crucial phase of its development into a modern nation. The political rule of Porfirio Diaz has mostly been viewed from the perspective of the Mexican Revolution which finally toppled him from power - holding that he was the cause of, and deserved, his own downfall. But Diaz has recently come to be seen in a rather different and less damning light. Nineteenth-century Latin American history shows the problem of promoting wider political participation and economic development whilst maintaining order and stability, and the difficulty in implementing liberal policies in societies with strong colonial traditions. In Mexico, Diaz oversaw real material achievements and successfully avoided serious domestic conflict, but sank into repressive tactics as his regime became progressively impotent. A comprehensive biography of Diaz, this text is an account of political survival and demise.

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Review: Porfirio Díaz (Profiles in Power)

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In terms of style, this book definitely serves as more of an analysis of different aspects of the porfiriato than chronology of the life and politics of Díaz. As such, I found it a difficult read. I ... Read full review

Review: Porfirio Díaz (Profiles in Power)

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This is a pretty balanced examination of the rise and fall of Porfirio Diaz, who served as President of Mexico for most of the 35 years before the Mexican Revolution (1876-1880, 1884-1910). I didn't ... Read full review

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Paul Garner is at the University of Wales - Swansea.

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