Maximino Avila Camacho and the One-Party State

Maximino Avila Camacho and the One-Party State : The Taming of Caudillismo and Caciquismo in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

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Maximino Avila Camacho and the One-Party State is a political biography of General Maximino Avila Camacho (1891-1945), a powerful regional politician at the time when a party claiming to represent the goals of the Mexican Revolution first developed its long standing monopoly of Mexican politics. By tracing his career, we learn how and why the goals that had originally inspired the "party of the revolution"-primarily democracy and social justice-were sacrificed in order to empower more

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  • Hardback | 174 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 476.27g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739137476
  • 9780739137475

About Alejandro Quintana

Alejandro Quintana is assistant professor of history at St. John's more

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In this well-researched and nuanced study, Alejandro Quintana offers a judicious yet devastating blow to any lingering arguments for a benign Mexican revolution in regard to the advancement of democratic structures and social justice. Indeed, Maximino, not Madero, is the truly iconic figure of Mexico's epochal twentieth-century conflict and its aftermath. -- David G. LaFrance, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico This political biography of the legendary political boss who aspired to the presidency of Mexico provides a new perspective into workings of power politics in the wake of the Mexican revolution. Its careful reconstruction of the career and outsized personality of Maximino Avila Camacho-military man, governor of Puebla, brother of a president-is a quintessential story of caudillo politics and the making of political dynasties in the turbulent 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Anyone interested in the mechanisms of post-revolutionary politics and the formative years of the "perfect dictatorship" of Mexico's PRI will want to read Alejandro Quintana's book. -- Christopher Boyer, University of Illinois at Chicago Quintana provides helpful insights into the national setting. The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History Without denying that he was more colorful, ambitious, and talented than most of his contemporaries, Quintana presents us with a politician who, he argues, was fairly typical of his milieu. Quintana is clearly less interested in the scandalous details of Maximino's life than in the political culture in which he operated. Hispanic American Historical Reviewshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter I. A Long and Winding Road to Peace and Stability (1820-1929) Chapter 5 Chapter II. The Authoritarian Workshop (1891-1934) Chapter 6 Chapter III. A New Breed of "Caudillo" (1929-1936) Chapter 7 Chapter IV. A Basket with Some Rotten Apples (1937-1941) Chapter 8 Chapter V. With a Gun in His Hand (1941-1945) Chapter 9 Conclusion 10 Glossary 11 Bibliography 12 Indexshow more