The Mexican Revolution, Volume 2


The Mexican Revolution, Volume 2

Counter-revolution and Reconstruction

Alan Knight

708 pages


March 1990


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About the Book

Volume 2 of The Mexican Revolution begins with the army counter-revolution of 1913, which ended Francisco Madero's liberal experiment and installed Victoriano Huerta's military rule. After the overthrow of the brutal Huerta, Venustiano Carranza came to the forefront, but his provisional government was opposed by Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, who come powefully to life in Alan Knight's book. Knight offers a fresh interpretation of the great schism of 1914-15, which divided the revolution in its moment of victory, and which led to the final bout of civil war between the forces of Villa and Carranza. By the end of this brilliant study of a popular uprising that deteriorated into political self-seeking and vengeance, nearly all the leading players have been assassinated. In the closing pages, Alan Knight ponders the essential question: what had the revolution changed? His two-volume history, at once dramatic and scrupulously documented, goes against the grain of traditional assessments of the "last great revolution."

Author Bio

Alan Knight is Professor of Latin American History, Oxford University, and Director of the Latin American Centre, St. Antony's College, Oxford.


Knight’s book "shows great originality and is the closest thing to date to a definitive history written by a single author. . . . The empiricist quality of this book may turn him into the next authority, the standard for a new generation of historians."—Jean Meyer, Hispanic American Historical Review


1987 Bolton Prize (Conference on Latin American History) winner
1986 Albert Beveridge Prize (American Historical Association) winner for best history of the post-1492 Americas