Synopses & Reviews
First published in Spanish in 1971, The Mexican Revolution has been praised by Mexico’s Nobel Prize–winning author Octavio Paz as a “notable contribution” to history and is widely recognized as a seminal account of the Mexican Revolution. Written during the author’s time as a political prisoner in the famous penitentiary of Lecumberri in Mexico, it sold thousands of copies in its first edition, becoming widely accepted as the official textbook by history faculties in Mexico despite Gilly’s continued incarceration. It has gone through more than thirty editions in Mexico and been translated into French and Greek.
This comprehensively revised and updated edition of the original text is now available with a foreword by Latin American history scholar Friedrich Katz and a new preface by the author. A true “people’s history,” The Mexican Revolution is a stirring, bottom-up account of an event whose reverberations are still felt throughout Latin America and the rest of the world.
What you didn't know about the Mexican Revolution:
- When 150,000 U.S. troops massed for the Mexican invasion in 1916 it was the largest American deployment since the Civil War
- Pancho Villa was a railway contractor before the revolution; he destroyed his own work during the revolution to slow the movement of government troops
- Mexico's 1917 constitution established an eight-hour workday, a minimum wage, the rights to establish unions and to collectively bargain, and a right to strike--rights not seen in the U.S. until the 1930s and later
An account of the twentieth century's first revolution documents the conflict between the first peasant uprisings against the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz and lvaro Obregn's inauguration as president in 1920, describing key events and the contributions of lesser-known individuals. Reprint.
About the Author
Adolfo Gilly is a professor of history at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has written numerous books on the history and politics of Mexico and Latin America, including Inside the Cuban Revolution and Chiapas and the Rebellion of the Enchanted World. He lives in Mexico City.