Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 8¾
978-0-7425-5600-3 • Paperback • August 2007 • $60.00 • (£46.00)
David G. LaFrance is research professor of history at the Benemérita Universidad Autònoma de Puebla, Mexico.
Part I: Huertismo
Chapter 1: Politics, 1913–1914
Chapter 2: Economic and Social Policy
Chapter 3: War, 1913–1914
Part II: Constitucionalistas versus Convencionistas
Chapter 4: War, 1914–1917
Chapter 5: Politics, 1914–1917
Chapter 6: Economic and Social Policy, 1914–1917
Part III: Carrancismo
Chapter 7: Politics, 1917–1920
Chapter 8: Economic and Social Policy, 1917–1920
Chapter 9: War, 1917–1920
Chapter 10: Regime Ends, State Continues
In this comprehensive, impressively researched study, LaFrance examines and analyzes the complex changes brought by the Mexican Revolution to the state of Puebla. Recommended.
— Choice Reviews
Revolution in Mexico's Heartland meticulously examines the struggle for local autonomy in both the countryside and the cities.
— The Historian
The research behind this work is vast and exhaustive. LaFrance has scoured newspapers and archives, leaving no page unturned. The result is a well-written, well-organized (with good subheadings), and incredibly detailed vision of political factions and squabbles in Puebla between 1913 and 1920.
— American Historical Review
A carefully researched and detailed study of the most violent phase of Mexican Revolution in the key state of Puebla. This book explains the tension between the forces that represented the modernizing centralized state and those who revolted and chose local autonomy.
— Hispanic Outlook
A very good book, one of the best histories of the Mexican Revolution ever on the state and local levels, where it was most significant. Based on research in fifty-four archives, the book is thorough, solid, and judicious. Considering the complexity and importance of the state of Puebla, it is wonderfully clear as well. This volume's argument will interest and enlighten all historians of the Revolution and any student who seriously wants to learn what the Revolution meant.
— John Womack Jr., Harvard University
A lucidly written, comprehensive study of the Mexican Revolution in the state of Puebla, where agrarian, liberal, labor, and serrano movements intersected with national revolutionary factions seeking to control and subdue this historically strategic region. If any romantic illusions linger as to the Revolution's 'good guys,' this book buries them with dispassionate empirical and analytical rigor and sympathy for the human compromises made in times of fratricidal warfare and mounting scarcity. The study is also essential for those interested in postrevolutionary state formation.
— Mary Kay Vaughan, University of Maryland, College Park; author of Cultural Politics in Revolution
David LaFrance's study provides us with an outstanding description and analysis of the second military phase of the Revolution and of the earliest years of the postrevolutionary Mexican state in Puebla, a region at the center of contending old regime and revolutionary powers.
— Linda B. Hall, University of New Mexico
David LaFrance has written an important history of the Mexican Revolution. His painstaking and in-depth research reveals the complexity of the Revolution and its regional variations. This book is must reading for Mexican historians.
— John Mason Hart, University of Houston
Regional history at its very best. After Revolution in Mexico's Heartland, historians of the Mexican Revolution at the regional and national levels will have to rethink the idea of the popular, grassroots revolution and reexamine the anti-paradigm of local and regional autonomy and defensive rebellion.
— Thomas Benjamin, Central Michigan University