Porfirio Díaz was once thought tobe the most powerful ruler in the Americas. In 1910, as the nationcelebrated the centenary of its independence, Díaz surrendered his thirty-fiveyear dictatorship to a scattered rebellion led by the wealthy, eccentriclandowner Francisco I. Madero. Until that time Díaz had presided over an era ofunprecedented peace and prosperity. We now know, of course, that he had neverbeen omnipotent, but rather had brilliantly constructed a system that relied onoccasional, selective coercion, the dictator's personal prestige, and a varietyof arrangements with regional elites.
Copyright © 2012-2013 Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe.
Editores: Ori Preuss; Nahuel Ribke
Instituto Sverdlin de Historia y Cultura de América Latina, Escuela de Historia
Universidad de Tel Aviv, Ramat Aviv,
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