Book Review: Revolutionary Parks, by Emily Wakild

  [Written for HIST 566: Mexican Revolution, WNMU, 2 Aug 2017] Wakild began with the claim that “Mexico’s national parks were an outgrowth of revolutionary affinities for both rational science and social justice.” (p. 1) It’s curious, Wakild points out, that a nation that led the world in acreage dedicated to national park land, and … Continue reading Book Review: Revolutionary Parks, by Emily Wakild

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Mexican Revolution by Alliances

[For HIST 566: Mexican Revolution, WNMU, 22 July 2017] In the last post I said I’d focus next on the alliances and conflicts of the Villistas, the Constitutionalists, the Conventionalists, the Zapatista, and the overlaps of their machinations. That’s a somewhat ambitious topic for a short blog post because of the number of groups and … Continue reading Mexican Revolution by Alliances

The Early Steps of the Political Incorporation of New Mexico into the United States

Written March 13, 2016   When Mexico gained its independence in 1821, Mexico’s northern frontier floundered in the vacuum left by the absence of Spanish troops, money, and governance. The Mexican frontier became a convenient and increasingly lucrative target for the expanding United States. The region was poorly defended, poorly managed, disenchanted with its federal … Continue reading The Early Steps of the Political Incorporation of New Mexico into the United States

Rations and social control in Spanish New Mexico

Written February 29, 2016   The reentry of the Spaniards into New Mexico in the 1690s was violent and expensive, despite the Spaniards’ alliance with certain Puebloan groups.[1] A hundred years later, the Spanish colonization of the Apaches and Comanches began with violence, too, but after high death tolls, that violence gave way to a … Continue reading Rations and social control in Spanish New Mexico