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Marxism & communism in twentieth-century Mexico /
Barry Carr.
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Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1992.
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xiii, 437 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0803214588 (alk. paper)
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Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1992.
isbn
0803214588 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3021533
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [401]-415) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
Carr's chronological narrative describes the development of Marxism in Mexico. It begins with the Mexican Revolution, although an explanation of the precursor movement would have helped readers to understand syndicalist-libertarian thinking on Mexican Marxism. The work clearly underscores the influences of the Comintern and the Communist Partly USA (CPUSA) on the policies of the Partido Communista Mexicano (PCM) and its predecessors. Of special interest is Carr's description of the Partido's ultra leftism and sectarianism during the late 1920s, paralleling the CPUSA. Carr notes the Comintern's relegation of its stewardship of Latin American parties, which in retrospect was a bit chauvinist. Also important was the role of Browderism in the PCM, and the weakening of the movement during the presidency of Miguel Alem'an. Carr provides enlightening background to 1968 events in Tlatelolco and the role of the CPUSA in organizing student fronts. His steps in analysing the development of neo-cardenismo and the death of the Left are, however, hurried. Carr's statistics on actual numbers of card-carrying communists are surprising. A good bibliography and index. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. R. Acu~na; California State University, Northridge
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Main Description
In spite of the significance of the Mexican political left, which has surged in recent years, little information has been available to English-language readers. In this important book Barry Carr describes the Mexican leftist movement's attempts to come to grips with the Mexican Revolution of 1910-20 and the ruling party that resulted, and its own efforts to radicalize and organize Mexican workers. Carr offers intriguing new material on the Mexican Communist party's international relations, especially with its counterpart in the United States, and on the Mexican background to the assassination of Leon Trotsky in 1940. He also examines the non-Communist left as it has emerged since 1960. Based on archival sources,Marxism and Communism in Twentieth-Century Mexicois the first study of the entire spectrum of the Mexican left to appear in any language.
Main Description
In spite of the significance of the Mexican political left, which has surged in recent years, little information has been available to English-language readers. In this important book Barry Carr describes the Mexican leftist movement's attempts to come to grips with the Mexican Revolution of 1910-20 and the ruling party that resulted, and its own efforts to radicalize and organize Mexican workers. Carr offers intriguing new material on the Mexican Communist party's international relations, especially with its counterpart in the United States, and on the Mexican background to the assassination of Leon Trotsky in 1940. He also examines the non-Communist left as it has emerged since 1960. Based on archival sources, Marxism and Communism in Twentieth-Century Mexicois the first study of the entire spectrum of the Mexican left to appear in any language.
Table of Contents
Abbreviationsp. xi
The Early Mexican Communist Partyp. 14
An Ambiguous Legacy Mexican Communism and the Cárdenas Yearsp. 47
The Mexican Communists and Agrarian Reform in the Laguna, 1920-1940p. 80
U. S.--Mexican Communist Relations The Browderism Heresy, 1943-1946p. 106
The Frenesí of Developmentalism Miguel Alemán and the Taming of the Left, 1946-1950p. 142
Labor Insurgency and the Recomposition of the Left, 1950-1961p. 187
The Birth of a New Left, 1960-1975p. 225
Student Rebellion and Guerilla Struggle 1968 and Its Aftermathp. 257
Economic Crisis and the Unification of the Mexican Left, 1976-1987p. 279
After Cuauhtémoc; or, The Challenge of the Many Modernizations The Future of the Left in Mexicop. 306
Abbreviations for Archival Sourcesp. 329
Selected Bibliographyp. 401
Indexp. 417
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