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Pesos and Politics: Business, Elites, Foreigners, and Government in Mexico, 1854-1940

Mark Wasserman


Pesos and Politics explores the tripartite relationship between governments at various levels, local and national elites, and foreign enterprises from the mid nineteenth century through the revolutionary civil wars of the 1910s and the post-revolutionary reconstruction in the two decades after 1920. It focuses on the role of foreign investors in Mexico. It argues that foreigners were notably unsuccessful in their investments—most were unprofitable—, those that earned profits required enormous capital investments, and, finally, that in few cases did foreigners exploit Mexico either in terms of ... More

Keywords: Foreign Investment, Mexico, elites, mining, ranching, landholding, labor, unions, revolutionaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780804791540
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804791540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Wasserman, author
Rutgers University, New Brunswick