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The Roots of Conservatism in Mexico

Smith, Benjamin T.

Published by University of New Mexico Press
ISBN 10: 0826351727 / ISBN 13: 9780826351722
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Title: The Roots of Conservatism in Mexico

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Binding: Soft cover

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Num Pages: 488 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 1KLCM; 3JF; 3JH; 3JJ; HBJK. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 229 x 152 x 30. Weight in Grams: 676. . 2012. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780826351722

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The Roots of Conservatism is the first attempt to ask why over the past two centuries so many Mexican peasants have opted to ally with conservative groups rather than their radical counterparts. Blending socioeconomic history, cultural analysis, and political narrative, Smith's study begins with the late Bourbon period and moves through the early republic, the mid-nineteenth-century Reforma, the Porfiriato, and the Revolution, when the Mixtecs rejected Zapatista offers of land distribution, ending with the armed religious uprising known as the "last Cristiada," a desperate Cold War bid to rid the region of impious "communist" governance. In recounting this long tradition of regional conservatism, Smith emphasizes the influence of religious belief, church ritual, and lay-clerical relations both on social relations and on political affiliation. He posits that many Mexican peasants embraced provincial conservatism, a variant of elite or metropolitan conservatism, which not only comprised ideas on property, hierarchy, and the state, but also the overwhelming import of the church to maintaining this system.

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The Roots of Conservatism is the first attempt to ask why over the past two centuries so many Mexican peasants have opted to ally with conservative groups rather than their radical counterparts.

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