Friday, November 20, 2009

History 101: 99th Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution


Nov 20, 1910-Nov 20, 2009

For those that dont know, Im a bit of a history geek. So, today, as you now know marks the 99th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Yes, that explains why every town in Mexico has a street called "20 de Noviembre".

Babe Ruth--The Mexican
Mexican Institute of Sound--Cumbia Deathface Rmx
Unknown--El Imperialismo Yanqui (not actual title)--sounds more Peruvian than Mexican, but you get the idea

books on the Mexican Revolution worth reading:

John Mason Hart- Revolutionary Mexico: The Coming and Process of the Mexican Revolution--absolutely essential reading!! This book altered the way scholars viewed the Mexican Revolution.

Paul Hart--Bitter Harvest--friend and mentor, Paul Hart examines the origins of the Zapatista rebellion in Southern Mexico---from>>>

"This very good book fills a major gap in Mexican history. The movement led by Emiliano Zapata made the Mexican Revolution revolutionary. It developed in the State of Morelos, a warm basin south of Mexico City, where sugar estates jostled peasant communities from the sixteenth century. We have solid histories of the region in the colonial era: we know the sugar industry's early foundation under Hernán Cortés; we know the long and contested history in which estates expanded and stabilized in long waves, imported African slaves, and saw those slaves find their way into local communities that kept limited lands while providing vast reserves of cane-cutting labor.
The historiography of Zapata's 1910 rising and of the years his villagers ruled Morelos and shaped a revolution is vast. But we have lacked a history of estates and villages in Morelos from independence to the revolution. Thus we have not understood how the contested stability that marked the region at the end of the colonial era turned into waves of conflict from the 1840s through the 1870s, then stabilized again only to explode in revolution in 1910.

John Reed-Insurgent Mexico--the same John Reed from which the movie "Reds" is based. Reed rides along with Villa and his Division del Norte, documenting his experiences along the way. Thrilling first hand account.

--apologies for the blurry pic--

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