Was the Mexican Revolution of 1910 a Success?

December 10, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
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History and Public Policy Program

The Mexican Revolution of 1910 had dramatic effects on both Mexico and the United States that have endured to the present day. This presentation deals with its armed phase (1910-1920) and its institutional, reformist, and state-building phase (c.1920–c.1940), as well as its longer-term legacy. It will consider “success” in light of the historical actors’ own goals and offer an assessment of the Revolution's consequences, including comparisons with other countries and other revolutions.

Alan Knight, professor of Latin American history at Oxford University, fellow of St. Antony's College, and former director of Oxford University’s Latin American Centre, has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Essex. Author of The Mexican Revolution (1986); two volumes of a general history of Mexico (2002); and a collection of historical and political essays, Revolucion, Democracia y Populismo (2005), he has co-edited symposia on the Mexican oil industry, caciquismo (“boss politics”) in Mexico, and superstition in history. In 2010 Mexico awarded him the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor it confers on non-citizens.

Reservations requested because of limited seating: or 202-691-4166


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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  • Professor of the History of Latin America and Fellow of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford
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