Mexico: Biography of Power

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HarperCollins, Jun 3, 1998 - History - 896 pages
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The concentration of power in the caudillo (leader) is as much a formative element of Mexican culture and politics as the historical legacy of the Aztec emperors, Cortez, the Spanish Crown, the Mother Church and the mixing of the Spanish and Indian population into a mestizo culture. Krauze shows how history becomes biography during the century of caudillos from the insurgent priests in 1810 to Porfirio and the Revolution in 1910. The Revolutionary era, ending in 1940, was dominated by the lives of seven presidents -- Madero, Zapata, Villa, Carranza, Obregon, Calles and Cardenas. Since 1940, the dominant power of the presidency has continued through years of boom and bust and crisis. A major question for the modern state, with today's president Zedillo, is whether that power can be decentralized, to end the cycles of history as biographies of power.

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Review: Mexico Biography of Power (Trilogía Histórica de México #2)

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My professor of Russian/Soviet history once said in a lecture that you could tell the depth of centralization of power in a country by how many biographies it minimally took to tell a fairly complete ... Read full review

Review: Mexico Biography of Power (Trilogía Histórica de México #2)

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eye opening look at mexican politics over the years. if you want to know why mexico is in the position it is today, it is best to understand what has happened before. Read full review

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Enrique Krauze is the author of twenty books, including Mexico: Biography of Power. He has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, Dissent magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books. Krauze lives in Mexico City.

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