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Mexico Then and Now: Two Revolutions and Their Legacies

Professor Eric Van Young

The lecture will compare histories of the Mexican independence movement of 1810–1821 and the Mexican Revolution (Pancho Villa, Zapata, etc.) of 1910–1920. Although both were extremely violent and protracted conflicts, they were relatively conservative politically. The legacies of these two epochal events include the unresolved “problem” of indigenous peoples, the form of the Mexican state and its governance, and the material lot of common Mexicans.

Instructor: Eric Van Young is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UC San Diego. He obtained his PhD from UC Berkeley. Over his many years at UCSD, he has chaired the History Department, been the Associate Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, and been the Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities. In addition to numerous articles, his recent books include Writing Mexican History.

Coordinator: Joel E. Dimsdale

Course Number: OSHR-70119   Credit: 0 units

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