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British Lions and Mexican Eagles: Business, Politics, and Empire in the Career of Weetman Pearson in Mexico, 1889–1919

Paul Garner

Abstract

Between 1889 and 1919, Weetman Pearson became one of the world's most important engineering contractors, a pioneer in the international oil industry, and one of Britain's wealthiest men. At the center of his global business empire were his interests in Mexico. While Pearson's extraordinary success in Mexico took place within the context of unprecedented levels of British trade with and investment in Latin America, the book argues that Pearson should be understood less as an agent of British imperialism than as an agent of Porfirian state building and modernization. Pearson was able to secure c ... More

Keywords: Weetman Pearson, oil industry, pioneer, Mexico, British trade, state building, modernization, Porfirio Díaz, national development, public works

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804774451
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774451.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Garner, author