Mexico: Why a Few are Rich and the People Poor

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University of California Press, 2010 - Social Science - 287 pages
"Professor Ramón Eduardo Ruiz has dedicated his career to unlocking the historical reasons for the rebelliousness of Mexican society and its failures to achieve great goals behind those bursts of collective energy and idealism. This book is a culmination of rigorous scholarship and a moral commitment to confronting all aspects of the Mexican people. There is also an element of hope in these pages that Mexico will become a prosperous, just and viable society."--Lorenzo Meyer, El Colegio de México

"In Mexico, Ramón Eduardo Ruiz brings a lifetime of study and a passionate love of his subject to bear on the most vexing puzzle any historian of Mexico can confront: Why should a country so rich in potential remain perennially mired in poverty, corruption, and injustice? This is a bold, angry, and absolutely indispensable book."--Timothy J. Henderson, author of The Mexican Wars for Independence
 

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Contents

1 Ramblings on Mexican Underdevelopment
1
2 El Mexicano
17
3 The Legacy
33
4 Free Traders and Capitalists
53
5 Colonialisms Thumb
83
6 Lost Opportunity
104
7 Internal Market
127
8 False Miracle
147
9 Death of a Dream
180
10 NAFTA
200
Epilogue
232
Notes
241
Bibliography
265
Index
275
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About the author (2010)

Ramón Eduardo Ruiz (1921-2010) was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, San Diego. He was author of many books, including Triumphs and Tragedy: A History of the Mexican People, Memories of a Hyphenated Man, and On the Rim of Mexico: Encounters of the Rich and Poor.

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