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Reform, Rebellion and Party in Mexico, 1836–1861

A history of local resistance and contributions to early Mexican nationhood.
 
Reform, Rebellion and Party in Mexico, 1836-1861 is a history of Mexico’s early, turbulent years as a sovereign state. From local ethnic and religious divisions to statewide financial troubles, the early republic nearly failed. Brian Hamnet surveys these challenges, such as the 1836 loss of the Far North to the United States and the 1861 European debt-collecting Intervention, as well as Mexican responses which culminated in the landmark Liberal Reform Movement in 1855. A history of a former colony caught between the European powers and an expanding United States, this book is an exemplary case study for newly independent states.


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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION

PART ONE ISSUES AND CONTEXTS
1 What is to be done?
2 Villages, landlords and businessmen
3 Financing Mexican government
4 Political reconstruction: before the War with the United States 1836–1846
5 Political reconstruction: during and after the War, 1846–1855
6 Persistent pressure from the United States

PART TWO RESPONSES AND REACTIONS
7 Social and ethnic tensions in their local contexts
8 Conflict in the Sierra Gorda – Querétaro, Guanajuato,
San Luis Potosí
9 The struggles in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

PART THREE REFORM AND FRUSTRATION
10 The Revolution of Ayutla and the first stage of the Liberal Reform, 1854–1855
11 The Lerdo Law of 1856
12 The Federal Constitution of 1857 and the road to disaster.
13 The Civil War of the Reform, 1858–1861
14 The continuation of the Reform and the final phase of the war, 1859–61
15 The Liberals return to power in 1861


FINAL REMARKS
SOURCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

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