Recent Works on the Mexican Revolution

David Hamilton Golland


There have been two important trendsin the 20th century historiography of Latin America that have been applied to the Mexican Revolution. The first, dealing with cultural and social history, is subaltern studies. This trend has revolutionized the field of Latin American history by using the new social history first popularized during the1960s as a method of telling history from the bottom up. In particular,subaltern studies looks at the power arrangements and relationships on both a macro and micro level, the relationship between peones and cacique, for instance, or between the urban elite and rural hacendados. The trend has also generated a new methodology for viewing the relationship between Latin American countries and the western juggernauts, as Mexico can be viewed as having subaltern status to the hegemonic United States or Great Britain.

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