The Mexican Revolution’s Wake: The Making of a Political System, 1920-1929

WhenMay 14, 2019 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
WhereFoster Hall, Room 103
Event Website
Contact InformationKatz Center for Mexican Studies
DescriptionMexican Studies Seminar | Spring 2019

The Mexican Revolution’s Wake: The Making of a Political System, 1920-1929

Sarah Osten
University of Vermont

Throughout the 1920s Mexico was rocked by attempted coups, assassinations, and popular revolts. Yet by the mid-1930s, the country boasted one of the most stable and durable political systems in Latin America. In the first book on party formation conducted at the regional level after the Mexican Revolution, Sarah Osten examines processes of political and social change that eventually gave rise to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which dominated Mexico's politics for the rest of the twentieth century. In analyzing the history of Socialist parties in the southeastern states of Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, and Yucatán, Osten demonstrates that these 'laboratories of revolution' constituted a highly influential testing ground for new political traditions and institutional structures. The Mexican Revolution's Wake shows how the southeastern socialists provided a blueprint for a new kind of party that struck calculated balances between the objectives of elite and popular forces, and between centralized authority and local autonomy.

Sarah Osten is a historian of Latin America at the University of Vermont, specializing in twentieth century Mexico. Osten holds a PhD in history (2010) and a MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2004) from the University of Chicago. Her BA is from Brown University. Her current and planned future research examines long-term legacies of political violence in modern Mexico, and the changing meanings of "revolution" in Mexican politics during the twentieth century.

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