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Forge of Progress, Crucible of Revolt: Origins of the Mexican Revolution in La Comarca Lagunera, 1880-1911 William K. Meyers

Forge of Progress, Crucible of Revolt: Origins of the Mexican Revolution in La Comarca Lagunera, 1880-1911

William K. Meyers

Published December 31st 1994
ISBN : 9780826314703
Hardcover
293 pages
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The Laguna region of north-central Mexico was the showcase for President Porfirio Diazs (1876-1911) program of economic development and foreign investment. This book examines the social and economic consequences of the areas rapid modernization toMoreThe Laguna region of north-central Mexico was the showcase for President Porfirio Diazs (1876-1911) program of economic development and foreign investment. This book examines the social and economic consequences of the areas rapid modernization to explain the origins of prerevolutionary activity. Following the arrival of the railroad in the early 1880s, the Laguna quickly became the nations leading cotton-producing area, as well as a regional center for manufacturing, mining and smelting, and rubber refining. By 1910 it boasted the fastest growing city in Mexico, and the largest foreign population outside of Mexico City.The regions economic transformation yielded uneven benefits, which in turn precipitated deep social and political tensions. It is against this background that the Revolution began with Francisco Maderos challenge to Diazs re-election.