From Liberal to Revolutionary Oaxaca

The View from the South, Mexico 18671911

By (author) Francie R. Chassen-López

Paperback - £33.95

Publication date:

15 January 2005

Length of book:

624 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271025124

From Liberal to Revolutionary Oaxaca aims at finally setting Mexican history free of stereotypes about the southern state of Oaxaca, long portrayed as a traditional and backward society resistant to the forces of modernization and marginal to the Revolution. Chassen-López challenges this view of Oaxaca as a negative mirror image of modern Mexico, presenting in its place a much more complex reality. Her analysis of the confrontations between Mexican liberals’ modernizing projects and Oaxacan society, especially indigenous communal villages, reveals not only conflicts but also growing linkages and dependencies. She portrays them as engaging with and transforming each other in an ongoing process of contestation, negotiation, and compromise.

“This is a critical, seminal work on Mexican history. . . . One of the greatest strengths of the book is its debunking of myths and poorly documented claims that permeate writing about Oaxaca.”

—Howard Campbell, University of Texas at El Paso