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Indigenous Citizens: Local Liberalism in Early National Oaxaca and Yucatan

Karen D. Caplan


This book challenges the commonly held assumption that early nineteenth-century Mexican state-building was a failure of liberalism. By comparing the experiences of two Mexican states, Oaxaca and Yucatán, it shows how the institutions and ideas associated with liberalism became deeply entrenched in Mexico's regions, but only on locally acceptable terms. Faced with the common challenge of incorporating new institutions into political life, Mexicans—be they indigenous villagers, government officials, or local elites—negotiated ways to make those institutions compatible with a range of local inter ... More

Keywords: state-building, liberalism, Oaxaca, Yucatán, indigenous people, government officials, local elites, social peace, rebellion, Mexico

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804757645
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804757645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen D. Caplan, author