Insurgency and Independence in New Spain (Mexico)

Programs for Teachers
Chicago Teachers as Scholars
Thursday, February 25, 2010 to Friday, February 26, 2010

Between 1808 and 1824, the Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain experienced a massive, violent, complicated political and social “revolution” that led to the creation of the Republic of Mexico. Unlike most other Latin American countries, the Mexican wars for “independence” were dominated by popular armies and guerillas—which shaped the resulting nation-state in crucial ways. In this seminar, we will try to make sense of the Mexican experience by looking at the relationship between certain global trends (in particular the Spanish empire’s collapse) and the socioeconomic conditions that allowed the sustained mobilization of rural and mining workers.

Seminar led by Luis Fernando Granados, University of Chicago

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