HIS 371: Mexico and the Mexican Revolution

Instructor: Dr. Super

For more than eighty years, Mexico has been touted as the home of the first and most enduring social revolution in the history of the Americas. From the initial blow against entrenched injustice in 1910, through the "fiesta of bullets" played to the violent tune of such legendary fighters as Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, to the declaration of sweeping changes in virtually every facet of national life, the Mexican Revolution dramatically altered the direction of United States' neighbor to the south. Today, however, charges of controlled elections, rampant corruption, economic mismanagement, and continued social injustice are prompting many to pronounce the Revolution dead, the old regime returned, and a new revolution afoot. The approaching presidential elections may well decide whether change in Mexico will occur peacefully or with violence. This course seeks to better understand Mexico by examining its famous social revolution - the historical pressures that caused it, the bloody destruction that enabled it, and both the accomplishments and frustrations that have come to characterize it.