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- DescriptionThe relationship between business and politics is crucial to understanding Mexican history, and Pesos and Politics explores this relationship from the mid-nineteenth century dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz through the Mexican Revolution (1876-1940). Historian Mark Wasserman argues that throughout this era, over the course of successive regimes, there was an evolving enterprise system that had to balance the interests of the Mexican national elite, state and local governments, large foreign corporations, and individual foreign entrepreneurs. During and after the Revolution these groups were joined by organized labor and organized peasants. Contrary to past assessments, Wasserman argues that one of these groups was ever powerful eugh to dominate ather. Because Mexican governments and elites committed themselves to ecomic models that relied on foreign investment and techlogy, they had to reach a balance that simultaneously attracted foreign entrepreneurs, but did t allow them to become too powerful or too privileged. Concentrating on the three most important sectors of the Mexican ecomy: mining, agriculture, and railroads, and employing a series of case studies of the careers of prominent Mexican business people and the operations of large U.S.-owned ranching and mining companies, Wasserman effectively demonstrates that Mexicans in fact controlled their ecomy from the 1880s through 1940; foreigners did t exploit the country; and, Mexicans established, sometimes shakily, sometimes unplanned, a system of relations between foreigners, elite and government (and later unions and peasant organizations) that maintained checks and balances on all parties.
- Author BiographyMark Wasserman is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
- Author(s)Mark Wasserman
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2015
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight568 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsCloth
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