The Blood Contingent: The Military and the Making of Modern Mexico, 1876-1911

Stephen B. Neufeld

Published by University of New Mexico Press, 2017
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Synopsis: This innovative social and cultural history explores the daily lives of the lowest echelons in president Porfirio Diaz's army through the decades leading up to the 1910 Revolution. The author shows how life in the barracks-not just combat and drill but also leisure, vice, and intimacy-reveals the basic power relations that made Mexico into a modern society. The Porfirian regime sought to control and direct violence, to impose scientific hygiene and patriotic zeal, and to build an army to rival that of the European powers. The barracks community enacted these objectives in times of war or peace, but never perfectly, and never as expected. The fault lines within the process of creating the ideal army echoed the challenges of constructing an ideal society. This insightful history of life, love, and war in turn-of-the-century Mexico sheds useful light on the troubled state of the Mexican military more than a century later.

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Publication Date: 2017
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