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From Empire to Republic - Arthur H. Noll



This history of 19th century Mexico gives a fair and thorough report of the chaotic and tragically violent first century of Mexican independence. It delves much deeper into the complicated rivalries of those who sought to control Mexico and helps identify what the agendas of the competing factions really were. Unfortunately, it only follows Mexican history up through the reign of Porfirio Diaz and so does not deal with the Mexican revolution, but it provides an excellent background for the study of modern Mexico.

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Preface

In the preparation of the following chapters, the result of a careful study of that most interesting phase of Mexican history which relates to the struggles for Constitutional Government, the writer takes pleasure in acknowledging the very kind assistance rendered by his friend, Mr. W. W. Blake, of the City of Mexico, an authority on all Mexican subjects, who has reviewed the manuscript of the book and suggested some corrections which have been cheerfully made; whose aid in the preparation of the accompanying Bibliography has been invaluable; and whose approval of the work as it now stands the author regards as the best guarantee that can be offered of its historical accuracy. The author's best thanks are also due to Mr. Francis Fisher Browne, of Chicago, whose interest in the book has been shown by his offers of wise suggestions that have been followed by happy results.

A. H. N.

University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee
September, 1903

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