Mexico Under Siege

Popular Resistance to Presidential Despotism

Donald Hodges and Ross Gandy

Mexico Under Siege

Donald Hodges and Ross Gandy

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288 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2002  
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781842771259 Published August 2002 For sale in North and South America only
Mexico Under Seige is a readable and well-informed political history covering the period from the ruling PRI‘s lurch to the right in 1940 through to its eventual expulsion from office in the elections of 2000. Based on two decades of interview material and new documentary sources, this book is the first to consider the full panorama of popular resistance to the alliance between the Mexican state bureaucracy, the president and the business class. This resistance embraced emerging urban labour protest, new peasant movements, revolutionary strikes on the railways and in schools, student opposition, and the re-emergence of guerrilla struggle culminating in the celebrated indigenous peoples‘ resistance in Chiapas. Mexico Under Siege analyses the core parties of the resistance, including the suprisingly central role of the Mexican Communist Party, and explains why resistance achieved no more than ending the PRI‘s system of presidential despotism. Hodge and Gandy conclude with some provocative ideas about who now constitutes the common people‘s primary opponent and examine the prospects for genuine struggle in an electoral arena where neo-liberal economic ideology and the Mexican economy‘s closer integration with the United States dominate the political scene.
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Contents
1. Background of the Resistance
2. Mounting Labor Protests
3. The Peasant Movement in Morelos
4. The Revolutionary Teacher‘s Strike of 1958
5. The Railroad Workers‘ Strikes of 1958-1959
6. Launching the National Liberation Movement
7. Assault on the Madera Barracks, 23 September 1965
8. Student Insurgency and the Tlatelolco Massacre
9. The Guerrilla Movements in Guerrero
10. Resurrecting the Student Movement
11. Urban Guerrilla Warfare
12. The Democratic Tendency of the Electrical Workers
13. Peasant Land Seizures and Committees of Self-Defense
14. Galvanizing the Indigenous Peoples of Chiapas
15. Core Parties of the Resistance
16. Why the Resistance Failed
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