Alexander Aviña: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside

Alexander Aviña (Florida State University) presents his book Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside:

Dear Manuel,

Here is the flyer.  I’m currently on the road so I’ll have to send you something on the book later.  Thank you!

Best,
Alex

About the event

Book Presentation:
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LOCATION UW Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Dr. , Madison, Wisconsin

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PHONE 608-262-2811

DATE & TIME Oct 20, 2015 4:00 PM

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About the book
Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside
  • The first book in English to chronicle both the history of peasant revolutionary movements and the history of state terror employed by the Mexican government against rural civilians during the 1960s and 70s.
  • Uses previously classified (Mexican government) spy reports, intelligence reports, and military documents.

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Specters of Revolution chronicles the subaltern political history of peasant guerrilla movements that emerged in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero during the late 1960s. The National Revolutionary Civic Association (ACNR) and the Party of the Poor (PDLP), led by schoolteachers Genaro Vázquez and Lucio Cabañas, respectively, organized popularly-backed revolutionary armed struggles that sought the overthrow of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Both guerrilla organizations materialized from a decades-long history of massacres and everyday forms of terror committed by local-regional political bosses and the Mexican federal government against citizen social movements that demanded the redemption of constitutional rights. The book reveals that these revolutionary movements developed after years of exhausting legal, constitutional pathways of redress (focused on issues of economic justice and electoral rights) and surviving several state-directed massacres throughout the 1960s. As such, the peasant guerrillas represented only the final phase of a social process with roots in the unfulfilled promises of the 1910 Mexican Revolution and the dual capitalist modernization-political authoritarian program adopted by the PRI after 1940.

The history of the ACNR and PDLP guerrillas, and the brutal counterinsurgency waged against them by the PRI regime, challenges Mexico’s place within the historiography of post-1945 Latin America. At the local and regional levels parts of Mexico like Guerrero experienced instances of authoritarian rule, popular political radicalization, and brutal counterinsurgency that fully inserts the nation into a Cold War Latin American history of state terror and “dirty wars.” This study simultaneously exposes the violent underbelly that underscored the PRI’s ruling tenure after 1940 and explodes the myth that Mexico constituted an island of relative peace and stability surrounded by a sea of military dictatorships during the Cold War.

Reviews

Specters of Revolution offers a penetrating account of guerrilla struggles in modern Mexico. Alexander Avina captures how peasant longings, political repression, and the violence of poverty created a daring movement for justice. The state’s response-a dirty war-evokes the darkest moments of Latin America’s military regimes. At times hopeful, at times tragic, Avina provides a profoundly moving Cold War drama.” – Tanalis Padilla, author of Rural Resistance in the Land of Zapata: The Jaramillista Movement and the Myth of the Pax Priista, 1940-1962

“This book examines a haunting legacy of violence in contemporary Mexico. Alexander Avina writes an engaging and partisan account, but also a serious effort to offer historical clarity on a period that is still too close for detached explanations.” – Pablo Piccato, author of Tyranny of Opinion: Honor in the Construction of the Mexican Public Sphere

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Guerrilla Ghosts in the Mexican Countryside
Chapter One: Traditions and Legacies of Rebellion
Chapter Two: A Lesson in Civic Insurgency
Chapter Three: A Moment of True Democracy
Chapter Four: Re-treading Old Paths, Forging New Routes
Chapter Five: “There Was No Other Way”
Chapter Six: A Poor People’s Revolution
Conclusion: A Poor People’s Utopia
Epilogue: “The Bones Will Tell Us What Happened”
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Here’s the bibliographic information of the book.
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Alexander Aviña. Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

 

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Coloquio Internacional: “Raza y Política en Iberoamérica” (México, 19-20 octubre 2015)

La Cátedra México-España de El Colegio de México
invita al Coloquio Internacional “Raza y política en Iberoamérica”,
que tendrá lugar los días 19 y 20 de octubre de 2015.

Véase el programa adjunto.
La entrada es libre y se entregará constancia de asistencia a quienes participen los dos días.

CARTEL Coloquio.pdf

Programa Coloquio.pdf

Mesa de debate: “Carta de Jamaica, 200 años después. Alcance, significado y trascendencia en Hispanoamérica ” (Morelia, 9 de octubre de 2015)

Lugar: Auditorio del Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas de la Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. Morelia, Michoacán.

Fecha: viernes 9 de octubre de 2015, entre las 11 y 14 hrs.

El CA-44 de Estudios Latinoamericanos y el Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas de la Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo tienen el gusto de invitar a la comunidad universitaria y al público en general a la Mesa de debate: “Carta de Jamaica, 200 años después. Alcance, significado y trascendencia en Hispanoamérica” que contará con la participación de Inés Quintero, Roberto Breña, Alfredo Ávila, Rodrigo Moreno y Ángel Almarza. Esta actividad se realizará en el Auditorio del Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas de la Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, el viernes 9 de octubre de 2015 entre las 11 y 14 horas. A los interesados, se entregará constancia de asistencia. En el siguiente link encontrarán más información del evento [https://goo.gl/HIC3ua] Para mayor información: angelalmarza1 @ gmail.com