Myths of Demilitarization in Postrevolutionary Mexico, 1920-1960
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Subject: History | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9.78E+12
eBook ISBN: 9781469608358
Using newly available materials from military, intelligence, and diplomatic archives, Rath weaves together an analysis of national and regional politics, military education, conscription, veteran policy, and popular protest. In doing so, he challenges dominant interpretations of successful, top-down demilitarization and questions the image of the post-1940 PRI regime as strong, stable, and legitimate. Rath also shows how the army's suppression of students and guerrillas in the 1960s and 1970s and the more recent militarization of policing have long roots in Mexican history.