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A Rich Land, a Poor People: Politics and Society in Modern by Thomas Benjamin

By Thomas Benjamin

Chiapas, a kingdom in southern Mexico, burst into overseas information in January 1994. a number of thousand insurgents, given a voice within the communiques of Subcomandante Marcos, took keep watch over of the capital and different key cities and held the Mexican military and executive at bay for weeks. Proclaiming themselves the Zapatista military of nationwide Liberation, they captured either land and headlines. world wide, humans desired to be aware of the reply to 1 query: why had revolutionaries taken over a Mexican kingdom? No different examine of Chiapas solutions that question as completely as does this booklet. The rebellion and government's armed profession of the kingdom are however the most recent violent episodes in a area that's now and has continuously been a wealthy land labored through negative humans. through learning the impoverishment of the laboring classification in Chiapas, Benjamin addresses how the Chiapan elite survived the Revolution of 1910 and stay in command of the state's improvement and future. extra basically than someone else, Benjamin indicates in his new ultimate bankruptcy that the modern agrarian rebellion is the legacy of Chiapan underdevelopment.

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67 It was a partial solution to the old problem of labor scarcity in the Central Valley.  13.  < previous page  < previous page page_26 next page > page_27 next page > Page 27 TABLE 1 LANDHOLDINGS IN CHIAPAS, 1778-1889 Year Number and Description Source 1778 32 haciendas Molina 1778 58 fincas and estancias Wasserstrom 1816 145 fincas and estancias Wasserstrom 35 36 1837 835 fincas rusticas Memoria 1889 1855 515 haciendas and ranchos Orozco y Berra 1862 42 haciendas and 123 ranchos Perez Hernandez 1877 448 haciendas and 501 ranchos Busto 1889 3159 fincas rusticas Memoria 1889 Note: The sources do not explain the differences between haciendas, ranchos, fincas, and estancias.

The gubernatorial administration of Emilio Rabasa (1891-94) coincided with and gave impetus to many of the changes that were taking place in Chiapas at the time. Rabasa took the first significant and deliberate steps toward the establishment of effective government as an agent of modernization and progress in Chiapas. The history of modern Chiapas, in a political and economic sense, begins with his reforms. The Capitalist Impulse President Porfirio DÃ−az's program of "order and progress" began to be implemented in the 1880s and 1890s.

The rest of 1864 was devoted to clearing the province of the remaining Conservative forces. Finally, in December, General Porfirio DÃ−az, military commander of the southern states for the Juárez government, appointed DomÃ−nguez governor and military commander of Chiapas.  < previous page  < previous page page_19 next page > page_20 next page > Page 20 He retained the office until he was overthrown during the Tuxtepec rebellion of 1875. 58 The defeat of the Conservatives of San Cristóbal and the Central Highlands was severe at first but not completely devastating.

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